In this video Dr Sadaqat Ali speaks about Obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr Sadaqat Ali is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and project director of Willing Ways Pakistan 

Dr Sadaqat Ali defines Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as restlessness varying in severity and intensity. Some people may have a low degree of OCD symptoms and are able to manage it on their own. Other times, the degree of symptoms may increase when they are tired or under stress. One may be able to differentiate normal thoughts from repetitive obsessive thoughts but they come in the way and interfere with our work so we lose focus. For example, one may have obsessive thoughts about having dirty hands and may keep on washing to cleanse them. Here, the thoughts about having dirty hands would be an obsession and repetitive hand washing would be characterized as a compulsion. Research suggests that OCD may be genetic and thus runs in families however it is not 100% clear yet. In our culture, excessive worrying is very common. The neurotransmitter, serotonin plays an important role. For treatment, we should know where to comply and where not to show compliance. If we totally surrender to them, it will cause disturbance however if we resist these thoughts, it’ll be less disturbing for us. If we fight back by using our will power, sleep enough, eat enough and lead a healthy functioning lifestyle we may be able to have a control on it.

Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.

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