What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
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Signs and Symptoms of OCD
Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or a combination of both. OCD symptoms often interfere with all aspects of life including work, school, and personal relationships.
Obsessions are defined as repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety.
Common symptoms include:
- Fear of germs or contamination
- Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
- Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
- Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order
Compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.
Common compulsions include:
- Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
- Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way
- Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door is locked or that the oven is off
- Compulsive counting
An individual is generally diagnosed with OCD if they meet the following:
- The individual can’t control his or her thoughts or behaviors
- The individual spends over an hour a day on these thoughts or behaviors
- The individual does not get pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals
- The individual experiences significant problems in their daily life due to their thoughts or behaviors
Symptoms of OCD may come and go, but often, they worsen with time. If left untreated OCD, will continue to interfere with the individual’s daily life.
OCD Treatment at Montare Behavioral Health
The residential OCD treatment program at Montare Behavioral Health utilizes individualized treatment plans in a therapeutic environment in order to treat OCD. Treatment plans include comprehensive assessments, exposure and response prevention treatment (ERP), cognitive therapy, general education, family education, neurofeedback, medication, and additional holistic treatments. Oftentimes the sooner one enrolls in OCD treatment, the better off they will be.
For those individuals who are experiencing OCD, seeking treatment can be beneficial. At Montare Behavioral Health, we treat OCD and can help you restore a sense of control to your life. Call us today at (888) 292-0870 to learn more about how Montare Behavioral Health can help you overcome OCD.