Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can present in many different ways, but the common signs are repetitive, obsessive actions and compulsive behaviors. You may find you are stuck with obsessive cleaning or other habits, as well as repeating certain actions.
This can take up a lot of your time and energy every day, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. It may be stealing time and joy from family, friends and work. It is a serious illness and it can take over your life if left untreated.
The good news is that there is help available, you don’t have to fight these behaviors alone. At The Center • A Place of HOPE there are trained professionals who can help you to become yourself again.
Different types of treatment for OCD
Treatment for OCD will depend on the type of OCD disorder that you have been diagnosed with. It is important that you consult an experienced health professional to help you to understand the type of OCD you may be suffering from.
It is important that treatment is tailored to you as an individual. Treatment should address all areas of your life – your mental health; your physical health; as well as your diet and exercise habits. All of these other parts of you play a role in your mental health. Care needs to be holistic to ensure that you can walk away from treatment feeling more balanced and more in control of yourself again.
At The Center • A Place of HOPE there will be a thorough assessment of all areas of your life – fitness assessment, health and medical assessment, your nutritional health and eating patterns as well as your mental health assessments. This helps your health professionals to tailor your treatment to you as the individual and helps to give you full well-rounded care to ensure you can start your and continue your journey to wellness.
Each one of the types of OCD will require something slightly different in the type of treatment. The overall type of treatment might be similar, but at The Center • A Place of HOPE they will tailor the treatment to you and your specific type of OCD.
Types of treatment for OCD
This is also known as talk therapy. The most common and effective form of psychotherapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – this looks at your beliefs and helps you to learn specific skills to directly manage your worries. OCD has cycles – obsessions; anxiety; compulsions and then relief. CBT gives you tools to help you to think, act and react in a healthier way to your unhealthy thoughts and repetitive habits. Your goal is to help you to replace the negative thoughts with more positive, productive ones.
Exposure response prevention (ERP)
This is a very specific form of CBT and as they name suggests, you will be exposed to the things that trigger your anxiety, one little bit at a time. You will learn new ways to respond to your anxieties and worries, without using your repetitive rituals to give you relief. You will learn new positive techniques to deal with the anxiety. ERP is a process you may do one-on-one with your health professional, or in group therapy.
There are different types of medication that may help you with your OCD. Doctors may start with the antidepressants first as they are often the first line of medication to treat OCD.
Your health professional will help you to find the right medication for you and that works well for you in your journey to wellness. It can take a couple of months for the medication for OCD to start working, but it is important that you do continue to take them as prescribed by your health professional. Even if you start to feel better with the medication, it is important to discuss any changes with them with your health professional.
There are side effects to the medications, like nausea, vomiting, dry mouth or thoughts of suicide. It is important to keep discussing these side effects with your health professional and to call for help if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Coping and support
It is important that you see a health professional to help you to manage your condition, however there are some things you can do yourself to help yourself:
- Break the cycle – when you feel anxious, maybe try to take a brisk walk or do a hobby or chat to a friend to help you to refocus and break the anxiety cycle.
- Follow your treatment plan – it is important that you follow the routine given to you by your health professionals, both with therapy and medications. It’s important that you know that it takes time for the treatment to work, so stick with it and follow your prescribed routine.
- Learn about OCD – the more you know about your condition, the more it can empower you to take control of the symptoms you may be feeling.
- Take care of yourself – looking after yourself with enough rest, exercise, healthy eating and time to relax can all help you to cope better. Reducing caffeine and alcohol can also help you to reduce anxiety.
These are only some ideas, and it is still advisable to see professional help as they will guide you through every step of this journey.
You are not alone and all the people at The Center • A Place of HOPE are wanting to work with you and help you with your treatment and return to wellness.
WHOLE-PERSON OCD TREATMENT PROGRAMS
We invite you to change your life by seeking OCD treatment at A Place of HOPE. Our whole person approach to treatment for OCD focuses on the entire you – your mind, body and spirit. We do not prescribe to a “cookie cutter” approach to treatment, because your OCD issues are unique to you. We take the time to get to know you and your life events that have contributed to your OCD.
We then assign a team of OCD treatment specialists just for you. They know OCD does not define who you are and want to return you to being the person you know is still inside you. We develop the unique, optimum program that leads you to recovery, freedom and happiness again.
OCD is a mental illness, but it can absolutely be cured. Whole-person treatment at The Center returns you to a place in your life where you are in control, making balanced decisions about your future. You do not need to be enslaved by your OCD. You can overcome it.
We specialize in helping OCD patients for over three decades. As part of your treatment, you can expect expert-level care that includes comprehensive assessments of:
- Chemical dependency
- Behavior addiction
- Mental health
- Vocational and career needs
- Family functioning and issues
- Health of social relationships
- Physical health and fitness
- Medical and nutritional needs
- And more
GAIN FREEDOM FROM SYMPTOMS OF OCD
OCD will not just “fade away.” But with treatment, you can regain your life. At The Center • A Place of HOPE, we have successfully treated thousands with OCD and gain freedom from these OCD-related symptoms:
- OCD related stress
- OCD related depression
- OCD related bipolar disorder
- Severe obsessive compulsive disorder
- OCD-related PTSD