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OCD Specialist

Amr Beltagui, MD -  - Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Amr Beltagui, MD

Board-Certified Psychiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is so much more than just wanting to have things a specific way. The obsessions that come with this mental health condition shape your day, driving you to compulsions you often don’t want in your life. That’s why psychiatrist Amr Beltagui, MD, offers treatment to his patients with OCD. Learn more by calling the office in Los Angeles, California, or requesting an appointment online.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health condition that affects the way you go about your day. People with OCD often feel trapped in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions that drive them to perform certain activities or say certain things they would otherwise not do or say. 

What are obsessions and compulsions?

As the name implies, OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions

These are recurring thoughts — including mental images — that cause you to feel anxious. People with OCD often experience obsessions around:

  • Fear of contamination (e.g., germs, disease)
  • Perfection, especially in the symmetrical placement of objects
  • Fear of harming themselves or others
  • Fear of being harmed
  • Forbidden sexual thoughts or impulses

Even when people with OCD try to check their obsessions, they often find they can’t break out of their unhealthy thought patterns. The obsessions return recurrently until they find an effective OCD treatment. 

Compulsions 

The obsessions of a person with OCD often drive them to compulsions, or repetitive thoughts or behaviors, they feel will in some way correct or alleviate the obsession. 

In most cases, even though the compulsion has no impact on the obsession, the individual still feels they have to follow through with them. Common compulsions include cleaning, washing your hands, repeatedly checking something, and counting. 

If you’re interested in exploring treatment for your OCD, call Amr Beltagui, MD Psychiatry or request your appointment online. 

Is there personalized treatment for OCD?

Dr. Beltagui provides personalized treatment plans to help you manage OCD. Your treatment plan might include a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Medication can regulate your brain chemistry to reduce your obsessive thoughts and negative emotions. This provides some mental clarity for you to focus on therapy. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or exposure therapy can help you develop a tolerance for your triggers. They can also help you learn strategies and techniques for coping with your intrusive thoughts as they arise instead of turning to compulsive behaviors that can disrupt your day. 

If you’re living with OCD, it’s time to ask for help. Call Amr Beltagui, MD or request an appointment online today.