Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Co-Occuring with Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Fairwinds Treatment Center specializes in dual diagnosis recovery and if an individual is suffering from a disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, many times they can also be dealing with substance abuse or an eating disorder. Our clinical team will work with an individual and develop a treatment plan to help get to the root of these issues.

OCD and AddictionsWhen an individual has obsessive compulsive disorder, they tend to have unwanted and repeated feelings, ideas, thoughts, sensations, and behaviors that cause them to feel driven to a compulsion. The individual will follow through with the behavior to stop the obsessiveness, but this only temporary relieves the behavior. This can become a vicious cycle that is not treatable alone.

An individual is not able to function in day-to- day activities when having these repeated thoughts and behaviors. These feelings can be so overwhelming that it becomes very difficult to focus on other areas of life. Individuals can realize that their thoughts are unreasonable, but it can be extremely difficult to ignore or stop the behavior. The treatment team at Fairwinds can teach an individual how to deal with these behaviors, and provide coping mechanisms to help treat the disorder.

Obsession symptoms and signs may include:

  • Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or by touching objects others have touched
  • Doubts that you’ve locked the door or turned off the stove
  • Thoughts that you’ve hurt someone in a traffic accident
  • Intense stress when objects aren’t orderly or facing the right way
  • Images of hurting your child
  • Impulses to shout obscenities in inappropriate situations
  • Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions, such as shaking hands
  • Replaying pornographic images in your mind
  • Dermatitis because of frequent hand washing
  • Skin lesions because of picking at your skin
  • Hair loss or bald spots because of hair pulling

Obsessions often have themes to them, such as:

  • Fear of contamination or dirt
  • Having things orderly and symmetrical
  • Aggressive or horrific impulses
  • Sexual images or thoughts

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