Your Ultimate Guide to OCD 

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people around the world. Individuals struggling with OCD typically have a very difficult time pushing certain obsessive thoughts out of mind. Consequently, this leads to compulsive behaviors in an attempt to relieve the stress caused by the obsessions. Unfortunately, compulsions such as cleaning, hoarding, repeatedly checking, counting, and other repetitive behaviors can become incredibly distressing as they get in the way of daily life. 

Understanding OCD

Individuals who struggle with OCD, or symptoms of OCD, know how difficult the experience can be. Feeling out of control in your mind is a scary thing. Often, obsessions and intrusive thoughts can be crippling. The fear that they instigate seemingly forces you to engage in the compulsive behavior, as if you never had a choice, to begin with. Maybe you find yourself doubting whether you locked the door. Although you are sure you remember doing so, fear, anxiety and obsessive thoughts around the completion of this action might lead you to return home and make sure that the door is locked. Fighting the obsession to give in to the compulsive behavior often feels impossible. 

Symptoms of OCD are troubling for the sufferer. Worse still, is the anxiety, shame, and fear experienced as a result of the obsessions and compulsions. Many individuals struggling with OCD are not aware of their disorder and feel alone in their suffering, embarrassed to open up or seek help around their experience. At Avalon Malibu, we want you to know that you aren’t alone and that there is hope for recovery. 

Where Does OCD Come From?

Numerous studies have taken place to better understand OCD and where it comes from. The hope is to identify at-risk populations and cultivate efficient and effective methods of treatment. Thus far, research has shown that OCD development is based on several factors, including genetic susceptibility, environment, and brain structure and function. Additionally, researchers have found that confidence may affect the interplay between obsessions and compulsions experienced by those suffering from OCD. Most importantly, previous studies have concluded that the symptoms of OCD can lessen over time. Implementing an individualized treatment plan based on specific symptomology can support a long-lasting recovery from OCD.

Potential Treatment

At Avalon Malibu, we utilize multiple treatment modalities to support a sustainable recovery from OCD. Our healthcare professionals have years of experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), used to teach and train the brain to recognize and manage obsessions and compulsive behaviors. Additionally, we offer interventions for disorders like substance use disorder, that are often co-occurring with OCD. When CBT and co-occurring interventions are used in conjunction with psychotherapy and the necessary medication, OCD recovery demonstrates positive outcomes. If you’re struggling with OCD and/or co-occurring disorders, reach out to Avalon Malibu today at 844-857-5992. It’s never too late to start your journey towards a healthier, happier life. 

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