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OCD and Addiction

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and addiction are two complex mental health issues that can often coexist and interact in challenging ways. Individuals with OCD may turn to substances or behaviors as a way to cope with their obsessive thoughts and compulsions.

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Contrary to popular belief, OCD and addiction can crossover in the most dangerous of ways. That’s why individuals who suffer from OCD require unique therapeutic aid to help them cope and overcome their compulsive habits. Failure to do so means worsening your compulsion and addiction habits over time.

Jaywalker has all the information, treatment, and coping methods to help you rise above the compulsive and addictive behaviors that have hindered you for so long. Here is all you need to know about OCD and addiction, and how treatment from our top-notch staff helps conquer these mental disorders.

What is OCD?

OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a disorder characterized by irrational fears or thoughts that trigger irrepressible impulses or behaviors. These repetitive behaviors disrupt your everyday duties, personal relationships, and life. If left untreated, this mental condition can become dangerous or even life-threatening. Speak to a therapeutic specialist today to prevent further mental or physical harm as a result of these problematic mental conditions.

How Common is OCD and Addiction?

Both OCD and addiction are among the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States. So rest assured, you’re not alone in your struggle. According to recent statistics conducted by the HHS, up to three million Americans are diagnosed with OCD throughout their lives. Bear in mind, this does not include the many undocumented that go undiagnosed.

As for addiction, the same study cites a staggering over 16 percent of the population reportedly suffers from substance abuse. That’s over forty-six million people over the age of twelve. All this to say, you can have assurance knowing you’re not alone in your struggle.

What are the Common Signs and Symptoms of OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder comes with a plethora of visual indicators. Knowing the signs and symptoms will help you identify and take appropriate actions to seek a professional diagnosis. Reach out to a mental health assessment receptionist if you or a loved one displays any of the following signs of OCD.

Hoarding refers to the impulsive need to collect and keep a variety of possessions. Individuals who have a hoarding disorder exhibit an inability to get rid of certain or all possessions. A hoarder will find it difficult or impossible to part with even the most significant items. This obsessive behavior results in hoarding belongings in excess, causing unnecessary clutter and unsuitable living arrangements. If left untreated, this symptom can be a serious hazard to your mental and physical health.

Repeating words or phrases in succession for no apparent reason is a symptom of OCD. It is also a sign of a mental condition known as Tourrete’s Syndrome. In the case of OCD and Tourrete’s Syndrome, the individual has no control over their repetitive utterances. Thankfully this can be managed and contained with the proper training and medication.

The most tell-tale sign of OCD is the impulsive and unnecessary habits this disease brings about. As mentioned earlier, these habits are involuntary and irrepressible. The condition ensures the habit must be repeated and the sufferer has no control over the length of time or action performed. This means an OCD sufferer is at the mercy of a continuous mental loop that must be acted out unless someone is there to stop them or break the cycle.

Panic attacks can occur for a variety of reasons as a symptom of more than one mental disorder. However, it is also a symptom of potential OCD, especially if the panic attacks are sudden and without cause. Speak to a diagnosis specialist today to find out of your unexplainable panic attacks could be caused by OCD.

If you or somebody you love has a persistent need for external reassurance for their actions or individual sufficiency, they may suffer from OCD. People with OCD are frequently unsatisfied with themselves or the quality of their work, regardless of how well a job they do. While this can come across as almost comical perfectionism, it is a serious concern for people with OCD and should be treated as such. Such unrealistic satisfaction or lack of confidence can trickle down into other mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. If left untreated, it can lead to suicidal tendencies, thoughts, and even death.

Some who suffer from OCD have an unquenched desire to straighten or rearrange their rooms, belongings, or other inornate things. In most cases, they will see a need to straighten or rearrange things that don’t need rearranging. Therefore, this nagging desire is often unnecessary and a further exemplification of never being satisfied with how things are. That’s why it’s so vital to consult a therapeutic professional to help alter these thought processes and triggers of OCD.

What are the Most Effective Treatment Options for OCD and Addiction?

OCD and addictions can have dangerous crossover effects that further both ocd and addiction disorders. That’s why it requires very specific treatment methods to help fend off OCD symptoms while keeping addiction habits at bay.

OCD and addictive habits, though much different in therapy approach, require retraining of the mind to help combat their symptoms. That’s where cognitive-behavioral therapy comes in. This therapy utilizes mental processing techniques to retrain your mind to process, store, and react proactively to trauma or OCD triggers. Learn more about CBT and how this scientifically-tried training process can change your outlook on OCD and addiction disorders.

Though we consider ourselves part of your extended family, your blood relatives are the greatest support group you can have. That’s what makes family therapy one of the most effective treatment options out there. The support and help of your family and personal therapists can help you overcome any obstacle in life. You, your family, and your therapist will work together to help you thrive and enjoy the rehabilitation process.

If you suffer from a substance abuse disorder, Jaywalker has the most efficient addiction programs in the country. Many of these addiction programs can also aid crossover mental health conditions and other dual-diagnosis treatments. Speak to a representative today to find out more about our top-notch addiction and dual-diagnosis treatment programs.

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