Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by persistent, recurring thoughts, images, or impulses that are experienced as unwanted, intrusive, and distressing (obsessions), and/or repetitive behaviors or mental acts that are performed in response to these obsessions or in an attempt to prevent or reduce anxiety or distress (compulsions). OCD is more common in women than men, and it tends to develop in late adolescence or early adulthood. These behaviors and thoughts can consume a significant amount of time and often interfere with an individual’s ability to function in daily life.
For those living with untreated OCD, symptoms can cause them to feel trapped in a cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, which can limit their ability to function in daily life. These thoughts and behaviors include:
- Excessive cleaning, checking, or counting
- Repeating certain phrases or prayers
- Repetitive behaviors or rituals
- Difficulty discarding items, even those of little value
- Constant worry or anxiety
Residential Treatment for OCD
The evidence-based treatments for OCD we use include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). CBT involves identifying and changing negative patterns of thinking and behavior that contribute to OCD, while ERP focuses on gradually exposing the individual to feared situations or objects and helping them learn to resist the urge to engage in compulsive behaviors. ACT combines mindfulness and values-based strategies to help individuals with OCD accept their intrusive thoughts and learn to focus on the present moment.
Medical Interventions for OCD
In addition to therapy, medications can help manage OCD symptoms. The two main types of medications used to treat OCD are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants. SSRIs work by balancing levels of serotonin in the brain and tricyclic antidepressants work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which increases their availability in the brain and can help improve mood and alleviate symptoms of OCD.
If you or a loved one are struggling with OCD, you are not alone. At Palm Springs Behavioral Health, our team of licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and medical professionals is committed to providing personalized support to every individual who walks through our doors. We believe that with the right care, everyone can find hope and healing on their mental health journey. To learn more about our OCD treatment program, call.