Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Those with OCD may exhibit symptoms of obsessions or compulsions or both. These symptoms can significantly impact all aspects of one’s life, including work, school, and personal relationships.
Obsessions are thoughts, urges, or mental images that repeatedly occur, leading to anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels compelled to engage in because of obsessive thought.
It is common for everyone to have repetitive thoughts or habits. However, people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have these thoughts or behaviors that can take up hours of the day, are beyond their control, are not enjoyable, and interfere with life.
Common obsessions include:
- Worries about yourself or other people getting hurt
- Fear of contamination or germs
- The unwanted contemplation of forbidden or taboo thoughts involving religion, sex, or harm.
- Aggressive thoughts toward others or towards oneself
- Having to have things in a perfect or symmetrical order
- Constant awareness of breathing or blinking
Common symptoms of compulsions include:
- Excessive hand washing and or cleaning
- Repeatedly checking on things like that the oven is off or door is locked
- Arranging and organizing things in a particular, precise way
- Counting Compulsively
- Fear of shaking hands, touching doorknobs, using public restrooms
Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder are aware of the fact that their habits and thoughts make little sense. They do not engage in these tasks because they enjoy them but because they cannot quit. It’s so bad that they start again if they stop.
OCD patients may also suffer from a tic disorder. Motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements, such as blinking the eyes, grimacing the face, shrugging the shoulders, and jerking the head or shoulders. Someone with a vocal tic may repeatedly clear their throat, sniff, or make grunting sounds.
Symptoms may appear and disappear, ease over time, or worsen. Those with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding certain situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may turn to alcohol or drugs to cope.
Because of the use of substances such as alcohol and drugs to suppress thoughts and feelings, people with OCD are more likely to develop substance use disorders. Although alcohol and drug use may initially mask symptoms of OCD, in the long term, using substances can exacerbate symptoms, interfere with treatment, and disrupt supportive relationships.
Origins has been treating people with co-occurring disorders for more than 35 years. With the right help, people can and do recover.
Addiction is complex and requires integrated treatment.
Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that provides the necessary therapeutic resources to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. Although there is no single cause of addiction, living with a mental health disorder may increase the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder — and vice versa.
A comprehensive treatment plan should include:
- Evidence-based therapies
- Medical care (including medication, when appropriate)
- Psychiatric services and ongoing care
- Case management
- Family education and programming
- Life skills training
- Continuing care planning
Every patient deserves an individualized treatment plan. Origins provides individualized treatment plans that consider every aspect of a person’s well-being: body, mind, and spirit.
At Origins, each of our patients participates in a comprehensive behavioral health assessment to ensure that all substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health problems are diagnosed and treated.
Along with clinical interviews and sessions with their primary therapists, thorough assessment provides a backbone for customized treatment plans that meet every patient’s unique needs.
To be effective, co-occurring disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder must be treated simultaneously, in the same location, and by the same treatment team. Our expertly trained professionals address co-occurring disorders through multidisciplinary, medically intensive programming. Together, our treatment teams attend not only to our patients’ physical and mental needs but also the psychological and spiritual needs. Our highly trained staff — from our medical professionals to licensed therapists and psychiatrists — meet every day to discuss patient cases and collaborate on solutions. This integrated treatment model has been proven to improve outcomes and quality of life.
Co-occurring disorders can influence and exacerbate one another, making treatment more challenging. In Florida, Origins Center for Brain Recovery (CBR) is an innovative program that addresses brain health with targeted, evidence-based therapies. The CBR program was specifically designed to acknowledge the relationship between addiction and mental health disorders and to treat both concerns at once, offering our patients a better chance at long-term recovery.
We offer rigorous psychological testing CBR in Florida, tests such as:
- Personality Inventory for DSM-5—Brief Form (PID-5-BF)
- CNS VS (Central Nervous System Vital Signs)
- MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2)
- MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory)
Learn more about Origins Center for Brain Recovery here.
People Can and Do Recover
While there is no cure for any mental health disorder, including addiction, many go on to lead incredible lives filled with hope and courage. Numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions have been proven to treat people living with co-occurring diagnoses effectively. Personalized, intensive, and integrated treatment is the key. The recovery of people with co-occurring disorders can be achieved when long-term support and therapeutic interventions are provided.
At Origins, we understand that co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and must be treated together. Recovery is dependent upon mental, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.