Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a unique type of mental health issue that causes significant anxiety around irrational phobias for a person. According to the National Institue of Mental Health (NIMH), OCD is characterized by the presence of either obsessions, compulsions, or a combination:
Like all other types of mental health disorders, these behaviors can be somewhat normal to a degree. For example, having aggressive thoughts when angry or organizing a workspace might not indicate that a person has OCD. When determining whether these thoughts or behaviors constitute a disorder, they need to significantly impact a person’s ability to function normally and diminish their overall quality of life.
Sometimes, people with OCD develop addictions as a means of coping with their symptoms. Create Recovery Center of West Los Angeles can help those suffering from a dual-diagnosis of addiction and OCD. We believe that addressing the underlying causes of addiction is the best approach to recovery and treatment!
One of the most important things to remember with OCD and other mental health issues is that you are not your disorder! People with OCD might worry that their intrusive thoughts and unwanted urges indicate a sinister character that will come to the surface if they “lose control.” Many compulsive behaviors are maladaptive means of attempting to retain control of themselves from acting on their obsessions or keeping themselves or others safe from harm.
Many people with OCD may not understand the line that separates them from their disorder. They may have obsessive thoughts of harming others and think, “deep down, I am a bad or wicked person.” These obsessive thoughts are rooted in disrupted cognitive processes that are symptomatic of a disorder and not reflective of a person’s true self.
The causes of OCD are mostly unknown; however, according to the NIMH, the following are risk factors of the disorder:
Symptoms of OCD can often flair up during significant life events or changes, whether the event or change is positive or negative. All life changes bring about a set of new challenges and add stressors to life. For example, a person might become a parent for the first time, which is both a joyful and highly stressful life event. They may obsessively worry about being a good parent and fear that they will lose control of themselves, resulting in harming their child. These holistic approaches to managing stress can help alleviate or prevent symptoms of OCD:
Individuals with OCD might develop a co-occurring disorder of addiction. People with OCD might become addicted to substances or processes to:
At Create Recovery, our expert staff can help those who are struggling with OCD and addiction. We offer evidence-based treatment methods, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other therapies to help you develop coping skills to manage your OCD. We also understand the value of integrating holistic health strategies into a person’s treatment plan to maximize their success in recovery. While there is no cure for OCD, you can learn to thrive with your disorder at Create Recovery.
Addiction and OCD can hold you back from living the life of your dreams. Find hope and recovery at Create Recovery!