A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder has uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) and make it difficult to carry out daily responsibilities. The obsessions are repeated urges, mental pictures, and thoughts that invade the mind and
create unbearable anxiety for the individual. Cases of OCD include obsessions, compulsions, or both.
Compulsions are understood to be neutralizing habits prompted by obsessive thoughts. When a person with OCD begins to receive an obsessive idea that their hands are covered with germs, and they begin to think they could be at risk for catching a disease, it might lead them to the compulsion to excessively wash their hands over and over again.
OCD can be exceedingly time-consuming and make life feel challenging for the person living with it. Thoughts and behaviors exhaust at least one hour a day. And while conducting the compulsive acts can ease the anxiety the obsessions bring, a person living with OCD finds no
pleasure in this behavior. Affected individuals typically understand how excessive and unreasonable their obsessions and compulsions are, but they have no control over them. This can make the situation even more distressing.
Living with OCD can make a person feel helpless and out of control of their own life. But there is hope. At Mending Minds, it is possible to overcome the fears and behaviors that hold the person back from being able to enjoy what life has to offer.
Adults with constant, disturbing thoughts that are uncontrollable and urges to repeat obsessive behaviors may need a medical evaluation for OCD. The sooner an affected person can get support, the closer they are to freedom from their fears and anxiety.
Treatment is different for every case of obsessive-compulsive disorder because each person’s story is unique and important. After initial screening by a clinician, a person diagnosed with OCD can begin the treatment process. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help them learn
new ways of thinking and behaving. People with OCD can learn to deal with the anxiety brought on by the disorder through productive, healthy methods. Social support, art, music, and writing are vital parts of our treatment of OCD.
OCD is also closely tied to chemical deficiencies or inflammation in the brain. Targeting this with a functional approach can provide relief in symptoms. Pharmacotherapy with antidepressants is also beneficial in mitigating feelings of control and rigidity.
Managing stress, in general, can positively impact a person’s well-being, especially those in recovery from OCD. OCD is something that some people live with for a very long time, but the good news is it doesn’t have to control a person’s life. With proper care and the right support, itis possible to regain control over thoughts and behaviors and live a fully-functioning life every person deserves. Your treatment plan will include your goals and ideas while redefining perfection, enough, or identity. Keeping up with established therapy routines and all aspects of the treatment plan will keep a person on the path to success in keeping OCD under control.
At Mending Minds, we believe that exceptional psychiatric, clinical, and holistic care can transform lives. With the utmost dignity and respect, we meet you where you are to develop a vision for the life you wish to have and offer the care you need to achieve it. Give us a call today, we are standing by and ready to help!