Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symptoms & Treatment
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that creates recurring, unwanted thoughts, called obsessions. These obsessions are difficult to ignore or control and they result in repetitive actions known as compulsions.
In the popular imagination, OCD might be associated with things like repeatedly washing the hands, turning lights on and off, or checking and rechecking that a door is really locked. In fact, however, compulsions can take many different forms. They can be consistent or they might change over time.
In many cases, OCD sufferers experiencing the obsessions feel as if they are under threat – as though something disastrous will happen to them or to a loved one if they do not carry out compulsions. Because of that feeling, they do not feel in control and can’t simply “forget about it.”
Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
There is no cure for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and most people who experience it will have some symptoms for life. However, it is possible to reduce symptoms through appropriate medication, counseling and other forms of treatment.
Everyone experiences OCD differently. Some people may be completely paralyzed by their obsessions or carry out elaborate compulsions several times a day. These can make it very difficult to perform professionally and maintain healthy relationships.
On the other hand, some people experience relatively mild symptoms. Symptoms may “come and go,” or they might worsen during times of significant stress. OCD often appears alongside other mental illnesses or personality disorders.
It is important that people living with OCD realize that they are not alone. Although some aspects of their experience are very personal, there are others who can understand – and help.
Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at Affinity Treatment Centers
OCD can be effectively treated with one-on-one and group therapy. In one-on-one sessions, the sufferer learns to recognize anxiety triggers associated with obsessions and may gain a degree of control over compulsions. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other methods can be useful.
At Affinity Treatment Centers, group therapy is powerful, relevant and lively. In a supportive group environment, participants can celebrate their successes and support others in difficult times. Patients learn they are more than their OCD and find out what works for them.
Medication management is also an important part of overcoming the disruptive effects of OCD. At Affinity Treatment Centers, our medical staff works hard to ensure each patient receives the right dosage of the right medication to help them succeed. The right medication can influence symptoms almost immediately, making other treatments easier.
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