How We Treat OCD at Satori Health
OCD Treatment in Sherman Oaks
No two people with OCD are affected in exactly the same way. However, certain kinds of obsessions and compulsions are fairly common. The list of the most typical obsessions includes:
- An intense anxiety about maintaining precision or order
- Enduring thoughts or fears related to religion or blasphemy
- Sexual thinking or imagery that causes distress
- An abiding fear of being contaminated by your environment or other people
- Recurring worries of throwing away or losing something you value
- A persistent sense that something has gone undone or uncompleted
- Repeated worries of hurting people or being hurt by them
The most common examples of OCD-related compulsions include:
- Brushing your teeth, bathing, or washing your hands excessively
- A need to keep things in your environment in a precise, specific order
- Ritualized counting or other ritualized behaviors related to numbers
- A repeated need to check the status of things like doors, switches, or locks
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder may also have a constant need for reassurance or the approval of others. In addition, they may try to avoid anything that could set off a cycle of obsession and compulsion. Be aware that not everyone affected by the disorder develops compulsions.
These are just some of the potential effects of OCD. For more information, talk to the specialists at our mental health treatment center in the San Fernando Valley.
It’s not always possible to fully eliminate the mental health impact of OCD. Nevertheless, the right care plan can help bring the effects of the disorder under control. How does a San Fernando OCD center treat the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Today, two forms of care are known to provide a benefit for most people. The first of these options is a form of psychotherapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
CBT has several important goals. First, it helps you understand the impact of OCD on your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The therapy also helps you identify specific instances when the disorder affects your outlook in any of these three areas. In addition, you learn how to develop healthier mental and behavioral habits that can help reduce the intensity of your symptoms.
A form of cognitive-behavioral treatment called exposure response and prevention (ERP) is often used. In the controlled setting of ERP, you are exposed to things that trigger your obsessions or fears. Instead of responding as you typically would, you do your best to avoid reacting. As you build up this ability over time, your symptoms may have less and less impact on you.
Effective OCD treatment in the San Fernando Valley may also include medication. The usual medication of choice is a form of antidepressant known as an SSRI. Multiple kinds of SSRIs show a benefit for at least some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It may take time to find the right one for your situation. In addition, it may take time for that medication to work as expected.
The seriousness of your OCD has an impact on your likely treatment options. If your symptoms are mild or moderate, your recovery plan may only include therapy or medication. However, a combination of both treatments is usually recommended for severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. You may also receive both therapy and medication for mild or moderate OCD in certain situations.
Talk to the mental health professionals at Satori Health for more details on your potential San Fernando OCD treatment options.
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