Treatment for OCD Checking
A very important characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorders is that the obsessions and compulsions interfere in the life of the individual. If these obsessions and checking compulsions are causing interference in your work or relationships, it is time to consult a mental health practitioner who will suggest the right kind of treatment for you.
The first thing that the mental health practitioner will do is to make sure that your symptoms and behaviors satisfy all the criteria of OCD as specified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, the standard criteria for diagnosing all mental disorders.
There are two main treatment approaches to OCD checking and these include psychotherapy and medications. A combination of both these treatment approaches is what usually works for most patients.
Psychotherapy is usually in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT which involves changing thought patterns so that compulsive behaviors do not occur. CBT can be combined with antidepressants such as clomipramine and fluoxetine to help increase levels of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain, which seems to be lacking in people who have OCD.
Obsessive fears about catastrophes and checking compulsions can really dominate the lives of OCD checkers. If your life is controlled by your fears and checking compulsions, it is time to seek medical help and get back to leading a normal life.