Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD
Fraser Valley Wellness Center provides private OCD treatment programs. Our centre offers professional OCD treatment and obsessive compulsive therapy at low, reasonable rates. Fraser Valley Wellness is located in Abbotsford and our doctors and health professionals have decades of experience in OCD treatment.
OCD involves unwarranted fears, unreasonable and disturbing thoughts, images, and-or urges (obsessions) that interfere with thoughts and cause a great deal of anxiety and/or discomfort, which a person then attempts to decrease with repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions). Obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions amplify fears and worries, making them more critical than they actually are. This repetitive cycle of behavior is called OCD.
Compulsions are learned behaviors that become repetitive and habitual for people with OCD in order to find relief from anxiety caused by their obsessions. A person with OCD has no control over certain thoughts and-or behaviors. Spending a great deal of time focusing on obsessions-compulsions can interfere with school, work and relationships. A poor quality of life is one of the major consequences involved with OCD treatment.
The cause of OCD is not yet known. Here are some theories on the causes of OCD:
- Biology – OCD might be caused by changes in the body chemistry or brain functions
- Genetics – OCD might be genetic, but if so, the precise genes have not been identified
- Environment – Environmental factors like infections may trigger OCD, but further study is required
The chances of having OCD are increased when:
- Family members have had OCD
- Stressful or traumatic events may trigger the invasive thoughts, rituals and emotional distress typical of OCD
- OCD may be associated with other mental health issues, like anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse
Four common themes of OCD obsessions are fear of germs, abnormal thoughts of illicit and forbidden subjects (violence, sex, and religion), thoughts of violent acts on one’s self or against others, and always needing things organized and symmetrical. OCD behaviors may come and go, or improve, or get worse over time. Substance abuse to calm or manage intrusive thoughts and impulses is common with OCD.
Here are some compulsion behaviors associated with OCD:
- Excessive washing and cleaning – washing until skin is raw, addiction to hand sanitizers
- Checking – repeatedly checking to make sure the stove is off, windows are closed, doors are locked
- Counting and repeating phrases – counting in a specific pattern, silently reciting a prayer or phrase over and over
- Orderliness – feeling stressed when things are out of place, difficulty going out until things are organized a specific way
- Repeating actions – going in and out of a door, sitting down and getting up, touching particular items repeatedly
- Following a strict routine – activities and tasks that MUST follow an exact sequence
- Requiring repeated reassurances and approval from other people
- Hoarding – hanging on to newspapers, magazines, containers and other things that are no longer needed
OCD is when the need to maintain a particular routine is becoming a hindrance and the person still can’t stop. Unreasonable, radical actions can be extremely upsetting to family and friends resulting in further isolation for the person with OCD.
With treatment and medication, symptoms of OCD can be managed, providing a better quality of life for individuals with OCD. For people in need of treatment, give us a call and one of our facilitators will guide you through our program options for OCD.
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