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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where you can have recurring thoughts or behaviours which you cannot control.

The main symptoms of this condition can include unpleasant thoughts and obsessions which can make day-to-day life extremely difficult in many cases.

Symptoms tend to increase during periods of stress, life changes, money worries or concerns about work or relationships. OCD can also lead to feelings of anxiety and depression and can affect working life, relationships and everyday activities.

Common symptoms of OCD

  • Repetition of compulsions which can take up a lot of time during the day and can affect going outside or the simplest of tasks, such as washing hands
  • Anxiety and feeling out of control of the situation
  • Feelings of loneliness or shame at not being able to control obsessive behaviour
  • The need to hide away and to hide your symptoms
  • Stress at being unable to control symptoms
  • Social tension
  • Feelings of isolation

Treatments for OCD

  • Psychological therapy – usually cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Medicine – usually an antidepressant medicine called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Specialist mental health treatment

Cannabis medication for OCD

Cannabis medication has been used for thousands of years to help a variety of psychological and mental issues. In cases of OCD, medical cannabis can offer a calming of anxiety. Introducing cannabis medication has been found to stabilise the amygdala, the part of the brain with fear response to threats. It can also help to play a role in helping to ease repetitive and anxious thoughts. Both effects can be therapeutic for those who suffer from OCD. Cannabis medications can supress anxiety and aversive memory expression, without producing the significant adverse effects that traditional medications can.

Am I suitable for the relief from my OCD at Integro Clinic?

The cause and symptoms of your specific psychological health issue with be assessed during a no obligation consultation and examination, here at Integro Medical Clinics. We can then create and recommend a suitable and effective management plan, which may include cannabis medicines as part of this plan.

When conventional treatments reach their limit, our work begins.

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