Like most individuals you have most likely on occasion double checked things, such as going back to make sure the curling iron is unplugged or oven is turned off before leaving the house. However, for someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the need to repeatedly check things or perform certain routines and rituals over and over before going about their day is impossible to ignore. These individuals will also experience frequent upsetting thoughts, known as obsessions, which cause them to have an overwhelming urge to repeat certain behaviors, or compulsions, in order to control them. The compulsive behaviors come to consume most of a person’s time, often becoming a daily routine. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a life-long disorder that can at times be so severe and time-consuming that it becomes disabling.
While right now it seems impossible that there is any way to get the symptoms of your disorder under control, there is hope for the future. For over 25 years the compassionate staff at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center have successfully helped thousands of children, teens, adults, and older adults learn to manage their OCD. We understand how truly debilitating this disease is and we want to help you take back your life.
Helping a Family Member or Loved One Seek Treatment
Living with a loved one who has OCD can be both frustrating and exhausting. It is not uncommon for family members and friends to become involved in some of the rituals and in some circumstances care for daily activities their loved one is unable to do. Often this can lead to distress and disruption among family members. Here are some things as a family member you can do to help your loved one through this difficult time:
- Educate yourself about OCD: When you are more informed about this disorder it is easier to provide your loved one with support.
- Offer support and understanding: Make sure that you clearly communicate with your loved one that you know the difference between their OCD symptoms and who they are as a person. This will help lessen your loved one’s feelings of guilt and shame. Encourage them to talk about the disorder and try to be patient with them while keeping a non-judgmental attitude.
- Encourage your loved one to get professional help: Help them locate a therapist and offer to get involved in the treatment process.
- Don’t reinforce obsessive compulsive behaviors: Do not get involved in your loved one’s OCD behaviors. While it may seem like it is the only way to reduce their frustration it is only maintaining the OCD.
- Get help for yourself: Over time having a loved one with OCD can wear on you so it is important for you to maintain your connections and support among your extended family and friends. If needed, seek out a counselor or other community supports where you can process your emotions about the OCD.
There are many resources available that can help you to further understand this disorder and give you more specific details on what you can do to help your loved one.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for OCD
While obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment does not cure this disorder, it can help individuals get the symptoms under control, allowing them to regain control over their lives. However, if left untreated OCD can cause a number of additional problems in a person’s life. If the obsessions and compulsions are severe enough they will prevent someone from being able to function at work, attend school, or engage in other social activities. Additionally, it can lead to the development of anxiety, depression, eating disorder, or substance abuse or addiction. The earlier you seek treatment for your OCD, the better the outcome will be. Early treatment can help reduce symptoms and reduce the disruption it has caused in your life.
Depending upon the severity of their symptoms, many individuals have been referred by their physician to an inpatient treatment program. Through an inpatient treatment plan you can get exposure and response prevention therapy that can help you learn to get better control over your compulsions. Additionally, in this type of program you will be able to get the medication management you need, engage in group therapy, and get regular family therapy. By removing yourself from the stress of daily life you can put all of your energy into getting better.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center, we have helped helped thousands of children, teens, adults, older adults, active duty military, and their families overcome mental health disorders like OCD. Through a number of different treatment approaches, we will help you confront the challenges in your life and learn the coping skills needed to recover. Our beautiful campus provides our clients with the ideal place to take a break from their daily routines and focus upon their recovery. We’re available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our decades of experience can be a valuable asset during your recovery.
Treatment Options for OCD at Cedar Crest
The main goal for your treatment throughout your stay will be to reduce symptom severity and help you reach your maximum level of functioning. Upon arriving at Cedar Crest you will complete a comprehensive assessment allowing us to gain better insight into your presenting concerns. From the assessment we will compile all of your information to create a personalized treatment plan that will best address your OCD needs. Treatments we use to treat OCD in our patients include a combination of medication management, behavioral therapies through individual and group sessions, family involvement, and a number of experiential programs.
Medication: SSRIs are the medications that are most commonly used to treat individuals who have OCD by helping to relieve some of their symptoms. Other medications used may include atypical neuroleptics or mood stabilizers. Patients on medication are regularly evaluated and changes in dosages or kind of drug are made if needed.
Individual therapy: During these therapy sessions, you and your therapist will work toward reducing your urge to engage in compulsive behaviors, which is sometimes done through the use of exposure therapy. Additionally, cognitive behavioral therapy can help a patient change their negative styles of thinking and behavior that tend to be associated with the anxiety involved in their OCD.
Group therapy: Group sessions can be extremely helpful for those struggling with OCD as oftentimes these individuals feel isolated and alone. Interacting with other individuals allows them to work on regaining their social skills and learn that they are not alone in their OCD battle. Groups are held multiple times a day and focus on topics such as coping skills, life skills, medication management, or general mental health education.
Family therapy: Family involvement is a large part of the healing process at Cedar Crest, especially for those who have been diagnosed with OCD. Many times this disorder can cause frustration and disruption in the family unit. Family therapy can help you all work together to resolve any presenting issues and can teach all members to be more supportive to one another.
We have learned that combining traditional therapeutic techniques with experiential methods can truly help heal the whole person, which is why we offer a number of other programs. These methods may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
When you no longer require the structure of our inpatient program, you will sit down with a social worker and discharge planner to discuss the continuing care plan that was started upon your arrival. Our social worker will not only provide you with information about local support services, but will also help you cope with the transition out of inpatient treatment. On the day of discharge you will meet with each member of your treatment team so that they can determine that you are stable enough to be released and that you have a stable home environment to return to.
Some people opt to step down into a structured outpatient program such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for recovery and treatment during the day while slowly integrating back into regular life in the evenings. Others may feel they’ve made enough progress during their stay and are ready for discharge with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic. At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’ll strive to help each client who comes to us for help long after they leave our doors.