Treating OCD

Treating OCD

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Treating OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is a disorder causing unwanted, intrusive obsessions accompanied by anxiety. An individual will perform compulsions to provide temporary relief from the anxiety caused by the obsessions. There is a great deal of research on the causes of OCD, however treatment focuses only on learning to manage the symptoms. Effective treatment for OCD is through Exposure Response Prevention therapy and/or medication prescribed and monitored by a doctor.

Obsessions can be all-consuming for individuals which may lead them to believe there could be a latent cause for why an obsession has occurred. This is simply untrue and any attempt at validating such a theory can create exacerbated symptoms and an increase in anxiety and depression. Trauma-based therapy or talk therapy can lead the person to believe there is some unknown truth to an obsession which creates more distress and may lead to worsening symptoms. The cause of OCD in an individual is a completely separate issue than the cause of an obsession. These lines may get blurred and can cause great distress for the individual.

There is no rhyme or reason why an individual develops a particular obsession. The cause of a particular obsession is because the individual was pre-disposed to developing OCD and that particular obsession happened to be the obsession that hooked. Any type of speculation into why an obsession developed can be damaging in working toward recovery and can set an individual back in treatment.
Effective treatment for OCD treats the behavioral response to the intrusive obsession. Effective treatment does not explore the insight into why a particular obsession develops. Effective treatment does not engage in why a person has OCD. Effective treatment aims to train an individual to have control over their reactions to intrusive and unwanted thoughts. Individuals may believe if they can pinpoint the ‘cause’ of OCD or their particular obsession, the symptoms will be reduced or relieved, but this is false. Effective treatment for OCD focuses only on how to treat the OCD, not the origins or reasons why an individual has OCD.

While there is a great deal of research pointing to causes of OCD in individuals, it is important to stay focused on finding the right therapist for OCD, resources for support, and getting effective treatment to manage OCD. If you are looking for an OCD specialist and/or resources in your area, please contact Chrissie Hodges at Chrissie can help get you on the right path to living in recovery from OCD.

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  1. Ray Quintana
    Ray Quintana says:

    How can you live with yourself you are not even liscened nor held accountable for any of your actions.

    8. Friends can offer you the same help — for free. The language used by many personal coaches to advertise their services borrows the language of friendship with phrases such as, “You don’t have to be alone” or “I’ve got your back.” And yet, a professional coach will be quick to say she’s not the client’s BFF. Which raises the question: Who needs a coach if you have friends?

    In fact, coaches say they’re better than friends at holding clients accountable to their goals. Friends, after all, can have a vested interested in the outcome.
    Coaches also say they listen more profoundly than others in a client’s life. Friends with their own jobs and families can’t always set aside the time — often, an hour a week plus prep time — that a coach can devote to the cause. What’s more, many friends won’t be brutally honest for fear of hurting feelings. When she was looking to improve her company’s website, Emerick of Ease Living says her friends would be likely to say, “It looks great!” and not give constructive criticism.

    And yet, a good friend will take her face out of her smartphone and pay attention when her pal wants to talk, says Arlie Hochschild, professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us. A good friend will also acknowledge her biases but not let them get in the way of her support.

    The notion that close friends can’t help one another evaluate and progress toward their goals “really disses” the institution of friendship, Hochschild says: “The whole idea of a friend is they’re abiding. You go to them in your hour of need, when you don’t have any money.”

    9. We have a financial interest in your dependence on us. Coaching doesn’t come cheap. Coaches who work with executives charge an average of $350 an hour, while those who work with personal clients charge an average of $120 an hour, according to the ICF. And top executive coaches can earn upward of $3,500 an hour, according to the Harvard Business Review report. That means that no matter how much progress a client makes, the coach has an incentive to keep the relationship going.

    Instead of billing hourly, many coaches will charge a set fee for an engagement with a fixed number of sessions. Silvershein, the career and retirement coach in Basking Ridge, N.J., for example, says a typical engagement will last for three months. Her price of $2,597 includes 12 hourly sessions, plus weekly email correspondence and her preparation time before each session.

    Here’s the rub: Although most of the coaches surveyed by Harvard said they establish a time frame before starting an engagement, all but eight said the focus of their assignment shifts over time from the original intent. Often, a client “recontracts” with a coach, signing another contract to work on a different issue than the original one.

    While there’s nothing inherently wrong about hiring a coach for an additional engagement, experts say it could signal dependence on the client’s part. In this sense, coaches are no different from therapists, Kauffman says. Mental health professionals also face clients who become dependent on them, and like coaches must rely on their sense of ethics to manage such a relationship.

    While it’s not unheard of for coaches to break up with uncooperative clients, it’s more common for them to screen prospective clients — many offer a brief, complimentary coaching session — and decline the business of those whose needs don’t fit their skills, experts say.
    For her part, Silvershein takes clients to task if they don’t do their homework or don’t seem to be progressing. “I’ll call them out on it,” she says, telling them something like, “I can hear in your voice you don’t want to do this. Let’s talk about what you do want to do.”

    10. Our impact can be hard to quantify. How can a client tell if coaching was successful? It’s no small question, given the time and money that coaching often involves. Companies that used to employ convoluted math in an attempt to calculate the return on their coaching investment are now gauging their “return on expectations,” says Mook of the ICF.

    Yet this can be a squishy exercise, as leadership and other qualities that coaching aims to develop can’t be quantified in a profit-and-loss statement. Indeed, the Harvard report found that less than one-fourth of coaches provide any kind of quantitative data on the business outcomes of the coaching engagement.

    There are some metrics that can be quantified, says Chaya S. Abelsky, a coach in Brooklyn, N.Y. who works with individuals and nonprofit organizations and earned the Master Certified Coach designation from the ICF. For the latter, staff turnover, fundraising dollars and the time spent executing a project can all be measured and improved
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    • Tr3eatment0cD
      Tr3eatment0cD says:

      Hello Ray,

      FYI, I have screenshot every comment you have left at every place you have stalked and trolled me and I have contacted the Captain of the Denver Sheriff Department in order to proceed in filing a complaint for harrassment. Any contact you have with any of my social media accounts from here on out will be added to the complaint.

      Chrissie Hodges


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