OCD Specialist

Choi Choi, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Los Angeles, Torrance, CA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects many Americans disrupting their daily lives. If you find yourself caught in a cycle of repeated thoughts or actions, you may benefit from treatment with Dr Choi. Dr. Choi offers holistic care to patients from throughout the greater Los Angeles area from his private practice in Torrance, California.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

OCD is the acronym for obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is a mental health disorder characterized by cycles of obsessions and compulsions. Most people experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors at various points during their lives. This is a regular part of the human experience.

However, when those thoughts and behaviors become extreme, time-consuming, and disruptive to your life, you may be experiencing OCD, and need professional help from an experienced physician like Dr. Choi.

What is the difference between an obsession and a compulsion?

Obsessions are intrusive and disruptive repeated thoughts that lead to negative feelings and fears. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you engage in to try to control your obsessive thoughts or make them go away. To explain in more detail:

Obsessions

Obsessions are thoughts and impulses that occur over and over again. You may feel that you can’t control your obsessive thoughts. Obsessions are often accompanied by intense feelings of disgust, self-loathing, fear, and doubt. You may also feel like if you do something ‘just right’ you will regain control of your thoughts and alleviate your negative feelings.

Compulsions

Compulsions are behaviors that you feel the need to complete in a precise manner to make your fears and other negative feelings go away. Even if you realize that these behaviors are only a temporary solution to address your obsessive thoughts, you may still seek relief through compulsive behaviors like:

  • Counting
  • Washing your hands
  • Checking that you’ve unplugged an appliance, over and over again.

What causes OCD?

There is no single identifiable cause of OCD. However, doctors and researchers believe there is a genetic link. Research also shows that a miscommunication between the front of the brain and the deeper structures due to neurotransmitter malfunction can trigger this condition.

How is OCD treated?

When you work with Dr. Choi to address your OCD, he provides a customized treatment program. He works with you as a true partner with a holistic approach to improving your health and well being.

Your customized treatment program may include:

  • Medication
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Meditation
  • Lifestyle changes

If you are concerned about OCD and find that your thoughts and behaviors are getting in the way of your life, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Choi today. You can regain control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.