THE TREATMENT LEADER FOR OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
A leading treatment center for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) in Los Angeles, California with Residential & Outpatient rehab qualities.
“OCD is like having a bully stuck inside your head and nobody else can see it.” — KRISSY MCDERMOTT
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS
It is common for individuals to feel nervous or anxious from time to time. In moderation, anxiety can actually be helpful in completing a task. However, when anxiety becomes persistent and excessive, causes distress, and/or interferes with your relationships, obligations, or activities, you should consider treatment. Often this interference with life entails intrusive thoughts, difficulty concentrating and avoidance of thoughts, conversations, or situations that trigger the fear.
With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, the intrusions not only include thoughts, but also images, and/or urges. These intrusions cause you to doubt yourself, others, and events. Compulsions may manifest mentally or behaviorally. Mental compulsions often cannot be seen by others because they are functions of the mind. Behavioral compulsions can be quite varied depending on the “rules” OCD requires as a response to the intrusion. Avoidance is another common response to intrusions and this can take the form of avoiding or preventing distressing thoughts, images, urges, conversations, media, people, and situations.
With some conditions, there may not be intense anxiety preceding the compulsive behavior. For example, some individuals report pulling their hair almost unconsciously or out of boredom, but their behavior fits in with other similar conditions because the response is repetitive and interferes with functioning. The following are some of the most common types of obsessive and/or compulsive fears and responses:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Anxiety producing intrusive thoughts, images, and/or urges (obsessions) and/or mental or behavioral rituals (compulsions). Obsessions can include themes of contamination, aggression, sexuality. Mental compulsions may entail self-reassuring thoughts, mental checklists, and visually replaying events, etc. and behavioral may include cleaning, counting, repeating, checking, “testing,” touching/tapping, and seeking reassurance from others.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Anxious preoccupation with a perceived flaw with a response of avoidance or repetitive mental (comparing) or behavioral acts (checking, seeking reassurance).
- Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling) – Difficulty refraining from repetitive hair pulling that affects psychological or other areas of functioning.
- Excoriation Disorder (Skin-Picking) – Difficulty refraining from repetitive skin picking that affects psychological or other areas of functioning.
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The Resilience Treatment program in West Los Angeles is designed to take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that customizes evidence-based therapies in a luxurious and highly individualized setting. In the process of treatment, we seek to widen personal horizons, cultivate compassionate awareness, increase self-efficacy, foster healthy relationships, and build emotional resilience in our clients.