Help with OCD

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Help with OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is an illness where individuals experience unwanted, intrusive obsessions accompanied by anxiety. To alleviate the debilitating anxiety, individuals perform mental or physical compulsions for temporary relief. When experiencing symptoms of OCD, it may seem impossible to find help and hope that symptoms can be manageable and a normal life can ensue. But, there is help for OCD and effective treatment that allows individuals to learn, understand, and manage symptoms as they arise, enabling them to live a successful life with OCD.

The first line of defense for OCD is therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Certain medications can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with OCD. Talk to your doctor to find the most effective medications and the right dosage to help with your symptoms of OCD. If an individual is interested in managing OCD symptoms without medication, therapy is the most effective way to do so.

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is the gold-standard for treating OCD. OCD therapists are well versed in understanding OCD symptoms and how to teach and guide individuals through ERP therapy in a safe and structured way. It is not recommended to do ERP therapy without a therapist who is trained and specializes in treating OCD. Finding the right therapist can help you get started on the right OCD treatment plan in learning to manage the symptoms.

There are many ways to get supplemental help for OCD in addition to therapy. Many therapists use mindfulness techniques and/or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which uses mindfulness to help recognize and manage obsessions and compulsions. Peer support specialists can provide help for OCD by using their lived experience to support individuals through therapy and beyond as they work toward recovery. Also, support groups and online support groups can help individuals with OCD feel less alone with their symptoms and the stigma of living with mental illness.

There are many types of avenues to find help for OCD, the most important part is finding the right help and professionals that specialize in treating OCD. If you are looking for a therapist and/or resources in your area to help with OCD, please contact Chrissie Hodges for a consultation or peer support session at Chrissie can help you find the right path in working toward your own recovery from OCD.