Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) involves irrational impulses, thoughts, urges and behaviors. Many people with OCD present these issues as obsessive ruminations or compulsive rituals such as checking, ordering or counting as an attempt to self-soothe mental health symptoms or create a sense of control. Most people experience intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors every so often. In a person with OCD, these symptoms interfere with everyday life and occupy a significant amount of their time and energy. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness around 1 out of 40 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with OCD during their lives.
Signs You Need OCD Therapy
OCD symptoms vary from person to person, but below are some common signs that a person might need to consider OCD therapy or an OCD residential treatment.
- Extreme fear of germs or contamination
- Compulsive hand-washing
- Compulsive cleaning
- Distress if things or events don’t occur in a particular order or manner
- Feelings that behaviors and thoughts are uncontrollable
- Intense ruminating thoughts (sometimes around “taboo” topics like sex, religion or harming oneself or others)
- Habitual “checking” behaviors (i.e., Is the stove off? Are the lights off?)
- Gaining a sense of relief from compulsive behaviors (not pleasure)
- Substance abuse or disordered eating behaviors in addition to OCD symptoms
How OCD Treatment Centers Help
Some people with OCD are able to learn to manage their symptoms with outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. Others will require more intensive treatment when OCD symptoms are especially debilitating or when they co-occur with substance use or other mental health disorders.
There is not a definitive cause of OCD agreed upon by scientists. Research indicates that it might be a combination of genetics, neural abnormalities or a coping mechanism for life stressors, past trauma or mental health disorders like anxiety. An OCD treatment center provides distance from triggers and offers clients access to 24/7 medical and behavioral professionals. Psychiatric staff can assess current prescribed medication and adjust as clinically appropriate.
OCD residential treatment staff is specially trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapies that help clients address issues that might be propelling them to engage in compulsive behaviors or obsessive thoughts in an attempt to self-soothe or gain a sense of control over their circumstances. Clients may learn techniques like mindfulness to help them cope with intrusive thoughts.
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