OCD Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects 2.3% of the population in the United States, with about one in every 40 adults and one in every 100 children impacted. If OCD is controlling your life in untenable ways, Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, can help. Through behavioral therapies and medications where necessary, Dr. Surasky helps his patients in Great Neck, New York, take back control of their OCD. To find out more, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex and chronic disorder that governs both your thoughts and behaviors. People with OCD have uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors that are relentless in their repetition.

The cause of OCD remains unknown, but medical researchers have found links to genetics, brain function, and past trauma or abuse.

What are the signs of OCD?

Both thoughts and behaviors characterize OCD, therefore the signs of OCD can vary widely from one person to the next.

The first part of the disorder involves obsession, which manifests itself in repeated urges or thoughts, irrational fears, and images that create anxiety. Then the compulsion part of the equation kicks in, which leads to repetitive behaviors.

For example, if you have a fear of germs that leads you to wash your hands repeatedly throughout the day, even after you’ve just done so, this may be a sign of OCD. It can be hard to parse out the difference between rational fear and taking action, which can be labeled simply as “being cautious,” and thoughts and behaviors that aren’t “normal.”

If you have any of the following, OCD might be at play:

  • You can’t control your thoughts or behaviors
  • You spend at least one hour a day on these thoughts and behaviors
  • Your ability to get through your day is impacted
  • You find no relief from your actions

The bottom line is that if your thoughts are troubling you and your behaviors are disruptive, sit down with Dr. Surasky to find out whether you may be suffering from OCD.


How is OCD treated?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. After thoroughly reviewing your situation, Dr. Surasky comes up with a plan to help relieve some of the symptoms of OCD. As part of this treatment plan, Dr. Surasky may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Psychotherapy, namely cognitive-behavioral counseling
  • Medications, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Deep brain stimulation

As a neurologist, Dr. Surasky has an implicit understanding of the brain and helps you find a solution that provides you with relief.

To get started on your OCD treatment, call Dr. Russell Surasky or request an appointment with the online form.