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According to the International OCD Foundation, between two and three million people in the United States have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is a mental health disorder that can be debilitating, preventing you from leading a healthy and productive life. At We Level Up, we offer OCD treatment programs to help you understand and overcome this condition.

What Is OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress.

Obsessions are characterized by unwanted and/or intrusive images, urges, and thoughts that lead to feelings of distress, while compulsions are behaviors that a person may engage in to attempt to neutralize the obsessions.

Obsessions occur outside of your control. They are often illogical thoughts or urges, and people with OCD recognize them as such, but the intense feelings of fear, doubt, uncertainty, and even disgust that they provoke can get in the way of everyday activities. OCD can occur in anyone, though symptoms most often present themselves during childhood or early adulthood.

OCD involves problems with the communication between structures of the brain. There is also a hereditary component to obsessive-compulsive disorder; particular genes increase a person’s risk of developing the condition.

Intrusive thoughts happen to everyone, but if they take up significant time and interfere with your life, it is likely that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Obsessions typically have themes. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Fear of contamination
  • Requiring symmetry and order
  • Having difficulty dealing with uncertainty
  • Unwanted aggressive thoughts
  • Unwanted religious thoughts
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts
  • Unwanted thoughts about harming loved ones

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel you must perform. People with OCD use them to reduce anxiety, but they do not bring long-lasting relief. They can also have themes, including:

  • Repeated washing
  • Checking
  • Following a strict routine
  • Counting
  • Orderliness
  • Demanding assurance

The severity of obsessive-compulsive disorder can vary. The OCD symptoms usually begin mildly and progress with time, getting worse when you experience high levels of stress. The types of obsessions and compulsions you experience can also vary throughout your life.

There can be complications from having obsessive-compulsive disorder and not getting the treatment you need. Symptoms can become so severe you cannot function normally. OCD can lead to problems with partners, the inability to perform your job correctly, and more.

People with OCD are also more likely to develop a substance use disorder to help them deal with the symptoms of this mental health condition.

People who have OCD are also at a higher risk of developing suicidal thoughts, which is why turning to a mental health professional for help is essential.

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Treating OCD

At We Level Up, we offer OCD treatment programs to help you relearn how to live your life without engaging in OCD rituals. We provide inpatient treatment for mental health conditions as well as substance use disorders.

At our center, we perform a thorough evaluation of your physical health and mental health so that we can put together a treatment plan that offers the exact services you need.

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If you have OCD symptoms as well as a co-occurring substance use disorder, you may need to go through our medical detox process, as well.

For OCD treatment, we rely on behavioral therapies as well as medication. These are some of the most successful strategies to help people with OCD of every severity.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the options that work best for OCD and anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy allows you to recognize unhelpful and negative thoughts you have and how they can affect how you feel and how you act.

By learning to recognize these harmful patterns of thinking, you can start making changes to how you react to them. This type of therapy focuses on the present and not on the past, allowing you to become your own therapist so that you can prevent spikes of compulsive behavior.

It also incorporates exposure and response prevention therapy, where you undergo controlled exposures to what triggers your OCD. Gradually, exposure therapy can help you change the way you respond to the stimulus.

Medication can also be hugely helpful when getting OCD treatment. At We Level Up, we offer medications throughout your treatment period.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are some of the most effective medications for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. SSRIs help increase the level of serotonin in your brain. If you have low levels of this neurotransmitter, the nerves in the brain may not communicate as effectively as they need to. This can lead to depression, OCD, and other mental health conditions.

Serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be helpful for most degrees of OCD, including severe OCD. By increasing serotonin, SSRIs allow your brain’s nerves to communicate better.

It is important to understand that medications prescribed to treat OCD do not work immediately and may not offer long-lasting results if they are not combined with psychotherapy.

At our center, you can receive help from a mental health professional along with 24/7 monitoring to ensure you are safe and healthy.

To help you put your new tools into use, we offer group therapy sessions as well as therapy for family members. OCD can be isolating, so having people around you who understand what your struggles are can be important.

After completing inpatient treatments, you can take part in alumni programs that can help you transition back to your daily life. Many patients with OCD find this transition a challenge if they try to go through it without support.

Alumni programs offer support groups, access to exposure and response prevention therapy, medications, and the kind of assistance you need when dealing with mental disorders. It can be a crucial step after inpatient treatment for OCD.

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At We Level Up, we can help treat OCD with our intensive treatment options. We offer some of the most effective treatments for this debilitating mental health condition, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy, SSRI medications, and many other treatment options.

If you have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that get in the way of your daily life and cause you distress, you do not have to battle them alone. Get the OCD treatment you need. Turn to We Level Up today to learn more about our treatments for disorders like OCD.

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