Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment
Women are also more likely to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) than men, with an estimated 1 in 40 adults experiencing this disorder at some point in their lives. OCD is a mental health condition that is characterized by recurring and distressing thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions) that are often followed by repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that are intended to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessions.
How is OCD Treated?
At Rising Roads Recovery, we offer specialized treatment for women with OCD. Our treatment program is designed to help women overcome the distress and interference that OCD can cause in their daily lives. Our program offers a range of evidence-based therapies to treat OCD, including exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and medication management.
Our gender-specific program recognizes that women may experience OCD in unique ways. Symptoms of OCD for women may include the following:
- Recurring and distressing thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions)
- Repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that are intended to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessions
- Fear of contamination or germs
- Excessive concern with order, symmetry, or exactness
- Repeatedly checking things, such as locks, appliances, or switches
- Excessive concern with harm befalling oneself or others
- Counting, arranging, or ordering things in a specific way
- Excessive concern with religious or moral ideas
Trauma and OCD
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that is believed to arise from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including trauma. The correlation between traumatic experiences and the development of OCD and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been well-established in the literature. Exposure to physical or sexual abuse can elicit neurobiological changes that contribute to anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts, all of which may trigger OCD symptoms. For instance, individuals who have experienced trauma may develop compulsive cleaning behaviors to regain a sense of control and safety. As a leading provider of women’s mental health services, Rising Roads recognizes the importance of treating both trauma and OCD concomitantly. By addressing trauma triggers, we aim to alleviate OCD symptoms and help our clients achieve lasting recovery.
Substance Abuse and OCD
There is also a strong link between addiction and OCD. People with OCD may turn to substance use to self-medicate or alleviate the distress caused by their symptoms. However, substance use worsens OCD symptoms and often leads to the development of a substance use disorder. Conversely, people with a substance use disorder may develop OCD symptoms as a result of their drug use, such as developing intrusive thoughts or repetitive behaviors. Treating women for both OCD and addiction simultaneously is crucial for their long-term recovery and improved mental health outcomes.
OCD Help for Women at Rising Roads Recovery
If you or a loved one is struggling with OCD, help is available. At Rising Roads Recovery, we provide a compassionate and supportive environment for women to work through their OCD symptoms. Our experienced clinicians understand the challenges of living with OCD and are dedicated to helping women find relief and sustainable coping strategies. Contact us today to learn more about our women’s mental health treatment program.