Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Individuals with an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may experience obsessions or compulsions, or symptoms of both. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that contribute to anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors as a result of obsessive thought patterns.

Although it is common for everyone to have repetitive thoughts and habits, individuals with OCD have uncontrollable thoughts or unenjoyable behaviors that take up hours of their days. The experiences related to OCD significantly impact life, including work, school, and personal relationships.

Symptoms of OCD

Common Obsessions of those with OCD:

  • Worries about personal safety
  • Concern that other people will get hurt
  • Fear of contamination or germs
  • Taboo thoughts involving religion, sex, or harm
  • Aggressive thoughts toward self or others
  • Needing things to be in a perfect or symmetrical order
  • Constant awareness of breathing or blinking

 Common OCD Compulsions include:

  • Excessive handwashing and or cleaning
  • Repeated checking (that the oven is off or that the door is locked)
  • Arranging things in a precise way
  • Compulsive counting
  • Fear of shaking hands, touching doorknobs, or using public restrooms

Many people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are aware that their habits and thoughts make little sense. They do not engage in compulsions because they enjoy them but because they cannot quit. Individuals with OCD have learned that if they stop the compulsive behaviors, the obsessive thoughts return.

Other OCD Symptoms

Motor or vocal tics may also be present (sudden, repetitive, brief movements) in those suffering from OCD.

Such movements include:

  • Blinking the eyes
  • Grimacing the face
  • Shrugging the shoulders
  • Jerking the head or shoulders
  • Clearing the throat
  • Sniffing
  • Grunting

Addiction and OCD

Symptoms of OCD may appear and disappear. Patients describe that the obsessions may ease with time or get worse. They may avoid certain personal OCD-triggering situations to cope, or they may turn to alcohol or drugs as a co-occurring disorder. Although substance use may initially mask OCD symptoms by suppressing intrusive thoughts and feelings, long-term use can interfere with treatment, exacerbate symptoms, and harm supportive relationships.

Integrated Treatment is Key

Comprehensive programming designed by Hanley Center provides the necessary integrated therapeutic resources to help patients heal physically, mentally, and spiritually.

A comprehensive treatment plan should include:

  • Evidence-based therapies
  • Medical care(including medication, when appropriate)
  • Psychiatric services and ongoing care
  • Case management
  • Spiritual care services
  • Life skills training
  • Continuing care planning

Hanley Center at Origins provides individualized treatment plans that address co-occurring disorders like OCD while considering every aspect of a person’s well-being. At Hanley Center, each of our patients participates in a comprehensive behavioral health assessment. This thorough assessment provides a basis for customized treatment plans.

To be effective, co-occurring disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, must be treated simultaneously, in the exact location, and by the same treatment team. Our expertly trained professionals address co-occurring conditions through multidisciplinary, medically intensive programming. Primary therapists conduct private sessions aimed at addressing each person’s unique situation.

Together, our treatment team members attend to each patient’s physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual needs. Our medical professionals, licensed therapists, and psychiatrists meet daily to collaborate on solutions. Our Hanley Center’s integrated treatment model improves long-term outcomes and quality of life.

For our patients with OCD who do not identify with having substance use disorders. You’ll be able to relax and focus on your recovery when you choose our Residential Mental Health Program. With a dedicated space separate from the rest of Hanley Center. Our program has its own 24/7 nursing and medical care unit to enhance confidentiality while you receive treatment for your OCD.

Hanley Center for Brain Recovery

Co-occurring disorders can influence and exacerbate one another, making treatment more challenging. The Hanley Center for Brain Recovery (CBR) is an innovative program that addresses brain health with targeted, evidence-based therapies, offering patients a better chance at long-term recovery.

We offer rigorous psychological testing 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)



People Can and Do Recover

Hanley Center utilizes numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions to help treat people living with co-occurring diagnoses like OCD. Personalized, intensive, and integrated treatment combined with long-term support is critical to success.

At Hanley Center, we understand that co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and require coordinated treatment. Recovery is dependent upon physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.

Call us today: 561.841.1033. Caring professionals are standing by to help you begin your journey of healing.

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