Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which a person has recurring, unwanted thoughts that compel them to perform repetitive actions in order to reduce anxiety. It can arise at any age and often significantly affects a person’s quality of life and social interactions.

Signs & Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD

OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts, anxiety and compulsive behaviors. Some of the most common recurring thoughts in OCD include:

  • Fear of germs, illness, dirt and contamination
  • Fear of making mistakes or causing accidents
  • Unwanted violent, sexual or blasphemous thoughts
  • Excessive concern with order and symmetry

Common compulsive behaviours include:

  • Excessive washing and cleaning
  • Compulsive counting
  • Repeatedly checking on things or people
  • Repeating certain words, phrases or actions
  • Compulsively arranging objects in a specific order
  • Hoarding objects

In our experience, people who suffer from OCD also tend to experience trouble falling asleep, and often suffer from tic disorders as well.

Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD

To our knowledge, OCD can have both physical and emotional causes and triggers. They may include:

  • Genetic predisposition/individual constitution
  • Ongoing stress or anxiety, receiving a strong emotional shock
  • Childhood abuse, neglect and other types of trauma
  • Certain infections, especially in children

How we treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD

At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine, we have a long experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders of all kinds, including OCD. During an initial meeting at our clinic in Jerusalem, we will first assess your symptoms and diagnose their exact causes. This will enable us to design an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs, that may include

  • Acupuncture and laser acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Tuina massage, cupping and reflexology
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

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