Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD has been depicted countless times in popular culture. These depictions are often wrong and problematic as they seek to trivialize a serious mental disorder. OCD is characterized by severe interruptions in thought that force a person to perform repetitive actions. Some of these actions can develop into obsessions that can destroy a person’s life.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects a person in intricate ways. It causes certain repetitive behaviors called compulsions that can significantly hamper the day-to-day functioning of the person. A city like Hyderabad has many educational centers and it is also a booming IT hub. Disorders like OCD cause significant damage to a person’s academic and professional life, thus affecting their ability to leverage the advantages of a city like Hyderabad.

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  • Feeling the urge to consume the drug every day.
  • Blocking out all other thoughts that could be related to personal, professional life.
  • Developing increased tolerance
  • Consuming drugs for longer periods
  • Trying to ensure that you don’t run out of supply.

  • Long periods of intense joy without any reason
  • Extreme agitation 
  • Restlessness and racing thoughts
  • Significant behavioral changes 
  • Loss of interest in activities 
  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Inability to accept change in routine.
  • Issues with short-term memory
  • Inability to multitask
  • Severe difficulty in communicating
  • Problems with personal hygiene
  • The urge to get everything done right or perfectionism
  • Keeping the house clean and spending an inordinate amount of time repeating the process
  • Constantly washing hands with soap to remain germ-free
  • Hoarding
  • Counting
  • Being Over Protective
  • Extremely inappropriate and disproportionate emotional reactions
  • A damaged identity
  • Inability to feel empathetic toward others
  • Intense narcissism
  • A persistent fear of rejection and abandonment
  • Severe mood changes without a clear cause
  • Substance abuse as a coping mechanism
  • Overwhelming anxiety and worry
  • Self-harm and suicidal tendency or attempts

Symptoms of learning disabilities at preschool age:

  • Having trouble pronouncing words
  • Trouble finding the right word
  • Difficulty rhyming
  • Finding it challenging to follow directions or learning routines
  • Having difficulty controlling crayons and pencils


Symptoms of learning disabilities from age 5-9:

  • Unable to blend syllables to make coherent sounds
  • Slow to learn new skills
  • Trouble grasping basic math concepts
  • Finding it difficult to tell time and remember a certain sequence
  • Persistent difficulties in reading, writing, arithmetic or mathematical reasoning

  • Difficulties in Communication
  • Difficulties in Social Skills
  • Sensory Difficulties
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Problems in school and with successful learning
  • Employment problems
  • Inability to live one your own
  • Social isolation
  • Deep feelings of sadness
  • Dark moods
  • Feelings of worthless
  • Appetite changes
  • Lack of energy
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Preoccupation with suicidal thoughts or self-harm

  • Increase in consumption by quantity or frequency
  • High tolerance for alcohol
  • Drinking at inappropriate times without reason.
  • Peer Circles also involved in heavy drinking
  • Avoiding contact with close friends and family
  • Increased dependency on alcohol to function normally in life
  • Excessive lethargy, wanting to stay home, and depression
  • Legal problems and trouble at work
  • Isolation from family or friends
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Becoming easily agitated or irritated
  • Changing friends and social groups frequently 
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Thought Disorders
  • Movement Disorders
  • Disorganized thinking or speech
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Lack of emotions or expressions
  • Genetics - Genetic Factors play a role in the incidence of drug addiction. Having a close relative with the problem indicates higher risk for developing addiction issues.
  • Environmental Causes - The community surrounding an individual ( family and friends) also plays a role in incidence of addiction.
  • Co-morbidities - Individuals suffering from one or more conditions like bipolar disorder or severe depression are at a greater risk of developing substance addiction.


  • Biological Causes
  • Difference in Brain Structures
  • Disorders like ADHD and PTSD
  • Psychological Causes
  • Genetic Factors

  • Neurodegeneration
  • Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disorder
  • Tumours in the Brain
  • Damage or Trauma to Frontal or Temporal Lobes of the Brain
  • Structural Abnormalities in the Brain
  • Chronic intake of toxins
  • Dysfunction of various organs or disorders affecting metabolism of vitamins like B12
  • Certain Auto-Immune Disorders
  • Chemical or Hormonal Imbalance
  • Genetic Factors
  • Workplace and Academic Stress
  • Genetics
  • Issues with Neurotransmitters
  • Stunted Brain Development
  • Environmental Factors
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Heredity
  • Illness during and after birth
  • Stress during Infancy
  • Environment
  • Comorbidity

  • Close family member with autism
  • Genetic mutations
  • Conceiving late in life
  • Fragile X syndrome and genetic disorders
  • conditions like diabetes and obesity during pregnancy or alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  • Low birth weight
  • Metabolic imbalances
  • Exposure to heavy metals and environmental toxins
  • A history of viral infections
  • Untreated conditions like rubella (German measles)
  • Foetal exposure to the medications like Valproic acid (Depakene) or thalidomide (Thalomid)
  • Abuse and Conflicts
  • Death and Major Life Events
  • Medications
  • Genetic Factors
  • Brain Structure
  • Certain Medical Conditions
  • Addiction

  • Genetics and Physiology - Family History of Alcoholism plays a role.
  • Environmental Factors - Certain surrounding factors like access to alcohol, economic affluence can influence alcoholism.
  • Social Factors - People who are victims of alcoholics sometimes tend to develop the same behavior as adults
  • Psychological Factors including stressors and unique coping mechanisms.

A singular cause for Schizophrenia has not yet been found. But there are three major factors that might influence the incidence of the disorder. The factors include:

  • Genetic Factors
  • Biological Factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Detoxification
  • Behavioral Counselling
  • Medication
  • Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medications like mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medication, Antidepressants, and Anti-anxiety medications. 
  • Family-focused therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
  • Medications like Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • Non-Drug Therapy
  • Mixed Approach
  • Supplements and a healthy diet plan.
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Response Treatments
  • Medications
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy
  • Schema Focused Therapy
  • Therapeutic Communities
  • Transference Focused Psychotherapy

For children who have SLD related to reading:

  • Special Teaching Techniques
  • Classroom Modifications
  • Using Technology
  • Oral Exams as an option to be tested

For children who have difficulty in expressing in written form:

  • Special Teaching Tools
  • Using Technology
  • For mathematical difficulties: visual techniques, memory aids, usage of computers

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Early Intensive BehaviourIntervention (EIBI)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Verbal Behaviour Intervention (VBI)
  • Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children Method (TEACCH)
  • Medications for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship based Approach (DIR)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Behaviour and communication therapies
  • Educational therapies.
  • Family therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Medications
  • Supplements
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Essential Oils

  • Detoxification
  • Learning skills and establishing a strict alcohol addiction treatment plan:
  • Psychological Counselling:
  • Medications
  • Behavior modification
  • Medication
  • Therapy like group therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Self-help resources
  • Psychological counselling methods
  • Rehabilitation
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Can Obsessive Compulsive Disorder be treated?

OCD can be treated through various measures. This includes medication and therapy. However, because of various constraints, people rarely get the treatment they deserve. The serious nature of OCD means that not getting the treatment you deserve can severely impact various aspects of your life. This is reflected in the fact that the number of people with serious mental health disorders have grown by 300% over the past decade and a half.

Telangana has just over 200 doctors to treat mental health disorders of the state’s 3.5 crores strong population. Further, there are very few effective OCD treatment centers in Hyderabad. This is where we come in. Cadabam’s is bringing the 3 decades of experience it has in mental healthcare to Hyderabad. We have brought state-of-the-art mental healthcare infrastructure to the city. As part of this, we are building one of the best OCD treatment centers in Hyderabad.

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Here's everything else you need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is mental health disorder characterized by a series of unreasonable thoughts or fears that lead to repetitive actions. These behaviors are compulsive in nature, meaning that they cannot be resisted. There are two parts of the disorder, Obsessions and Compulsions. Obsessions are unreasonable thoughts or fears that you keep dwelling on. The repetitive dwelling on these thoughts is called rumination. Obsessions can be around life, death, philosophical questions, or any other thing. Compulsive behaviors are a result of the obsessive thoughts.

To iterate through an example: An obsession with cleanliness could ensure a person is dwelling on the thoughts of what around them is clean or dirty. This obsession with cleanliness could result in a compulsive behavior like washing your hands multiple times after touching any object. A person with OCD is powerless to stop these thoughts and actions.

OCD, thus causes a significant breakdown in daily functioning. These Obsessive Thoughts and Actions are said to cause impairment in functioning when they persist for more than an hour a day and are beyond your control. Another differentiating factor is the enjoyability as well. For some people, cleanliness could be a worthwhile pursuit, but with OCD the need for cleanliness progresses to extreme levels where it is no longer enjoyable and becomes an impediment to the individual completing their daily tasks. The direct consequence of such impediment is felt in the individuals work, social life and other aspects.

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Early diagnosis and treatment of OCD can help you avoid countless complications the disorder brings with it. The first step you must take is to seek help. With Cadabam’s, comprehensive help is just a phone call away. Call our helpline 9513649649, which is active 24/7, and we will take it from there. 

Once you meet our medical practitioner, they stay alert for some signs that will help them understand your condition better. They include:

  • Understanding their compulsions and obsessions. 
  • If these compulsions damage day to day activities of the person
  • Washing Hands at frequent intervals
  • Extreme neatness and cleanliness
  • Counting objects in their surroundings.

With Early Diagnosis, and through seeking professional help, OCD can be treated. OCD is usually treated through a multimodal approach. The approaches include:

  • Psychotherapy - CBT and other forms of structured therapy can help change your cognitive patterns. The main goal of psychotherapy with OCD is controlling and changing an individuals response to their obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions.
  • Medication - SSRIs ( Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) help many individuals cope with OCD. Medications take time to have an effect, but they play a major role in reducing the symptoms of the disorder.
  • Alternative Relaxation Techniques: Yoga, Guided meditation and massage therapies can help an individual calm their minds and focus on recovery.

These treatment options can be availed through multiple treatment services. These include OPD consultations, In-Patient Hospitalisation or rehabilitative services.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be treated through multiple approaches and in multiple settings. But, we believe Rehabilitation is the best option to ensure long-term recovery that is sustainable. But, why is rehabilitation necessary for OCD?

OCD treatment availed through OPD consultations or acute hospitalisation runs the risk of daily life interfering with the recovery process. An individual, though they may be availing therapy, will still have to deal with the rigours of daily life, personal relationships, and academic or professional commitments. This means that recovery is not the only thing they are focusing on. Consequentially, recovery is slower, and is impacted by events in their daily life.

Rehabilitation removes the individual from the pressures of the daily rigours of life and allows them to recover in the comforts of a structure dedicated solely for their recovery. With the individual focusing solely on recovery, their healing is accelerated and the outcomes are better.

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Why Cadabam's?

Cadabams has built the most extensive infrastructure for rehabilitation in the country. All our rehabilitation centres employ advanced technologies, have been designed with care to complement your recovery. Lush green campuses and open spaces give your mind the freedom it needs to recover in peace. Cadabams has been the leader in Mental Healthcare in India for quite some time now. How have we reached here? Through a focus on recovery through evidence-based methods and through our vision to build a healthier society for the future. With Cadabams, you get the best recovery experience you possibly could.

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I somehow convinced my best friend, who was suffering form OCD to consider rehabilitation to help him. Cadabams' Rehabilitation Center vindicated my advice. Today, he is able to lead his life with minimal distress and he is enjoying his daily activities.

Damodar Modi

My sister was fighting OCD from quite some years. Sometimes with treatment it would get better, but eventually she would start having problems again. Rehabilitation at Cadabams, helped her a lot. She is doing much better now and her recovery seems to be sustaining.

Virat Kumar

We did not know Obsessive Compulsive Disorder could become so severe. Thats why we started looking for treatment so late. but luckily for us, we got the best possible treatment experience on our first try. Thank you for helping our son recover from OCD.

Veena R

Who will care for
my brother after me?

This is a question that caregivers frequently ask us. Though our goal is to reintegrate the individual with society, in some cases, continued care might be required for the individual even post the caregiver’s passing.

We are there for you. In such instances, we bring together the individual and their family to guide them on the best way forward to ensure continued care for the person.

To further address your concerns we have a team of dedicated therapists to help caregivers deal with all questions that arise during the process of a loved one’s recovery.

Beyond the Disorder

There is a life beyond alleviation of symptoms of a disorder. A person must learn to live and recover from the disorder. However, the person must also grow holistically while recovering. We focus on holistic recovery while ensuring that you are kept occupied throughout the day. With Cadabam’s, regain control of your life.

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