Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment
Promises Treatment Centers provides comprehensive treatment for mental health issues like obsessive compulsive disorder. Some of our programs treat clients with a primary mental health diagnosis, while others treat these conditions when they co-occur with a substance use disorder. Using the latest scientific understandings, we develop a treatment plan that will address the symptoms as well as the underlying issues that propel them. Our approach to obsessive compulsive disorder treatment includes traditional and alternative approaches that help clients alleviate their presenting problems while developing healthy coping skills like mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help manage intrusive thoughts.
More than 2% of the population in the United States (approximately one out of 40 people) will be diagnosed with OCD during their lifetimes, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of those who seek obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment have also developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Research has shown that about half of the people who suffer from a mental illness also abuse substances. In the case of OCD, a report in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that 70% of people with substance use disorders reported suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder for at least a year before developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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.
Obsessive compulsive disorder may run in families and that if a parent has OCD, their children are at higher risk for developing the disorder. Stressful and traumatic life events such as abuse, a serious illness, the death of a loved one or problems in school or at work are also known to increase the risk of obsessive compulsions. Although OCD can begin in childhood, it is typically first seen in adolescence and early adulthood.
OCD symptoms vary from person to person, but below are some common signs that a person might need to consider outpatient OCD therapy or inpatient obsessive compulsive disorder treatment.
- Repeated hand-washing or showering
- Repeatedly checking things like door locks or stoves
- Overzealous cleaning
- Constant counting while performing everyday tasks
- Constantly arranging things in a symmetrical way
- Eating foods in a particular order
- Unrelenting fear of being a victim of violence
- Repeating specific words, phrases or prayers
- Intrusive sexual thoughts, such as fears of being attracted to children or doubts about one’s sexual identity
- Collecting or hoarding items that have no real value
- Extreme fear of germs or contamination
- 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
Possible consequences of OCD include problems in relationships and at work. The disorder can become so all-consuming that individuals begin to isolate themselves to avoid being “found out,” leaving them vulnerable to depression. When people turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping strategy, they may feel better for a while, but substance abuse only serves to worsen their OCD symptoms. This, in turn, can lead to more substance use and a dangerous cycle ensues. OCD therapy can help break this cycle.
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. 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 OCD therapy approaches like 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.
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder is not the same as obsessive compulsive disorder. One important distinction is that people with obsessive compulsive disorder have unwanted thoughts, while those with obsessive compulsive personality disorder are of the belief that their thoughts are correct. Another difference is that obsessive compulsive disorder generally begins in childhood, while obsessive compulsive personality disorder usually starts in the teenage years or early 20s.
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder is a type of personality disorder that is marked by rigidity, perfectionism, control, and an excessive concern with work that comes at the expense of close relationships. People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder often find it difficult to relax because of their preoccupation with rigid adherence to rules and attention to detail.
Signs of obsessive compulsive personality disorder include:
- High achiever – feels a sense of urgency about what they take on
- Easily upset if others attempt to interfere with their rigid routines
- Often unable to express anger directly
- Often anxious or frustrated
- Perfectionism – often begins by early adulthood and interferes with their ability to complete tasks
- Emotional withdrawal when not able to control a situation, which interferes with problem-solving and interpersonal relations
- Inflexibility – especially in terms of morality, ethics or values
- Difficulty showing affection
- Inability to throw things away even when they have no value, in the belief that they may someday have value
- Extreme reluctance to delegate tasks or allow other people to do things unless they are performed exactly to his or her wishes
- Preoccupied with the smallest details and with lists and rules
- Overly devoted to work
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Treatment
At Promises, obsessive compulsive disorder treatment and obsessive compulsive personality disorder treatment includes one-on-one and group therapy, along with other treatment modalities, such as insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral and relaxation techniques, depending on each client’s needs. Anxiety, depression, and career and relationship issues are also addressed as needed.
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