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Understanding OCD

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that impacts behavior and thoughts. It might include being overly neat and organized, perfectionistic, and not able to stop doing certain behaviors compulsively. Learn more about the symptoms of OCD and how to recognize it in a loved one.

Symptoms of OCD

OCD symptoms include a specific type of unwanted thoughts, called obsessions, and compulsions, that people with OCD feel they have to do to manage anxiety. Anxiety is the root of obsessions and compulsions which can include:

  • Unwanted thoughts that are not controllable
  • Often have a theme around dirt or germs
  • Focused on meeting things to appear symmetrical
  • Upsetting or distressing
  • Behaviors that include obsessive thoughts or distressing feelings
  • Related to obsessions including hand-washing
  • Relieves anxiety only briefly then builds and starts over again
  • Obvious to others building embarrassment and shame but nothing can control behavior

Even though people experience some mild obsessions or compulsions during times of stress, OCD is not the same as having a once-in-awhile habit. The important part of OCD, as defined by clinical professionals, has to do with degree of how much it interferes with a person’s everyday life. If significant interruption occurs, or some of the OCD obsessions and compulsions require one or more hours per day to manage, it may be time to seek help.

Treatment for OCD

OCD is treatable with the right interventions. A primary care physician may diagnose OCD, but if doubts and complexities arise, a person may be referred to a psychiatrist. Effective treatments do exist. This may include:

  • A number of medications known to be effective in easing symptoms of OCD. some may include prescribed medications for OCD including antidepressants
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in which a person learns to regain control of thoughts
  • Other treatments and options as discussed by a trained therapist.

OCD can be a debilitating mental illness, but even in severe cases, there are reasons to be hopeful and positive. People with OCD can feel better and function well with the support of good treatment.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare knows that lifetime sobriety, health, and wellness, are completely possible. Each of our treatment programs offer the opportunity for holistic healing utilizing an integrative approach for the recovery of mind, body, and spirit. You can recover. You will recover. Call us today for more information: 844-560-7269