Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Psychiatric Condition

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

It’s normal to want things to be neat and tidy, but when this desire becomes irrational or excessive, it can cause distress and interfere with your daily life, as well as affect others. Do you experience:

If you feel overwhelmed with obsessive thoughts and compulsions all the time, know that it’s possible to manage your symptoms with help and support. We’re here to guide you through this.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is more than just a desire for things to be orderly or clean; it’s an overwhelming cycle of intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviours that can dominate your daily life. You may find yourself trapped in a relentless cycle of obsessions and compulsions, experiencing intense anxiety if you can’t perform certain rituals.

But remember, you’re not alone in this struggle. With understanding, support, and guidance, you can learn to manage your OCD symptoms and regain control over your life.

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Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Unwanted and distressing thoughts, images, or urges that keep intruding into your mind.
  • These thoughts are often irrational and fear-inducing, revolving around themes like contamination, harm, making mistakes, or terrible events happening.
  • Despite your efforts to push them away, these obsessions persist, causing intense anxiety and distress.
  • To ease the anxiety triggered by your obsessions, you might find yourself engaging in repetitive behaviours or mental acts, known as compulsions.
  • These could include excessive cleaning, handwashing, counting, checking, repeating words, or arranging objects in a specific manner.
  • While these compulsions may offer temporary relief, they ultimately perpetuate the cycle of OCD, leaving you feeling trapped and exhausted.
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Common Behaviours of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Living with OCD can be tough, but you’re not alone. Many people with OCD face behaviours that disrupt daily life and cause distress, like:

  • Excessive concerns about order, symmetry, or perfection.
  • Repeatedly checking things, such as locks, appliances, or switches.
  • Excessive washing or cleaning due to fears of contamination.
  • Counting things or performing tasks a certain number of times.
  • Needing things to be in a specific order or arrangement.
  • Difficulty discarding items, even those with little or no value.
  • Engaging in mental acts, such as silently repeating phrases or prayers.
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Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Genetic factors

If there's a family history of OCD, it may raise your chances of experiencing the disorder.


Brain infections, injuries, or autoimmune conditions might disrupt brain function, potentially leading to the emergence of OCD symptoms.


Traits like perfectionism, anxiety, or a strong need for control could make individuals more susceptible to developing OCD.

Environmental factors

Emotional trauma or ongoing stress in your surroundings could act as triggers, worsening symptoms of OCD.

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Do You Need To Get Help For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

If you find that your OCD symptoms are causing you distress, making you feel depressed and getting in the way of your daily life and relationships, it might be time to consider seeking help. You don’t have to navigate this alone. Seeking assessment and treatment can provide you with the support and guidance you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to reduce the frequency and intensity of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, enhancing your well-being and daily functioning. We’ll equip you with coping mechanisms to manage anxiety and stress, fostering independence and preventing relapse.


Prescribed medication can offer relief from distressing symptoms and help you manage your anxiety and obsessions more effectively.


Prescribed medication can offer relief from distressing symptoms and help you manage your anxiety and obsessions more effectively.


Within our safe space, we empower you to explore your thoughts and emotions, providing coping strategies to navigate life's challenges and change negative thought patterns related to obsessions.


Within our safe space, we empower you to explore your thoughts and emotions, providing coping strategies to navigate life's challenges and change negative thought patterns related to obsessions.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll guide you through medical tests and take the time to understand your medical and personal history during a relaxed discussion with Dr Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll focus on understanding your lifestyle factors, engaging in therapeutic conversations, and discussing any necessary medication to support your journey.

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Dr SH Wong: Psychiatrist for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy in Singapore

Dr. Wong Sheau Hwa brings over two decades of experience as a compassionate Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. Recognised for his empathetic approach, he has dedicated himself to providing comprehensive psychiatric care to his patients. Dr. Wong’s commitment to patient well-being is evident in his unwavering dedication to understanding and addressing their unique needs, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.


Questions You May Have

OCD is a chronic mental health condition, and while there isn't a definitive "cure," it can be effectively managed and treated. The aim of treatment isn't always to eliminate every intrusive thought, but rather to help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. Some individuals experience a significant reduction in symptoms, while others find they can effectively cope with ongoing management strategies.

Triggers for OCD behaviours can vary widely from person to person and may include factors like stress, anxiety, changes in routine, specific situations or environments, or even certain thoughts or feelings. It's important to remember that everyone's experience with OCD is unique, and seeking support can help you better understand and manage your triggers.

In some, yes. While medication can be helpful for managing symptoms, there are various non-medication-based treatments available for OCD, such as therapy and lifestyle modifications. With dedication, support, and the right resources, many people find relief from OCD symptoms without relying solely on medication.

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