Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health disorder that is characterized by recurrent intrusive thoughts and compulsive repetitive actions. The symptoms of OCD, along with the stress and anxiety that can accompany these unwanted and highly distressing symptoms, can have a significantly disruptive influence on a person’s ability to fully participate in a healthy and productive lifestyle. Some people who have with OCD experience panic attacks when confronted with objects or events that trigger their symptoms; others experience feelings of incompleteness, uneasiness, and/or disgust. The psychological pain associated with their obsessions and compulsions can be so severe that many people who have OCD will make marked changes in their behaviors to avoid people, locations, and situations that may trigger the onset of their symptoms.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions that are experienced by individuals who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, and we have developed specialized programming that has proved effective at alleviating much of the distress that is associated with OCD. At Westend Hospital, our experienced professionals provide life-changing care that not only helps men and women manage the symptoms of OCD, but that also enhances their ability to live hopeful, productive, and much more satisfying lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you care about is struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may feel as though you can do nothing to help. The good news is that while you cannot solve your loved one’s mental health problems, you can take a few essential steps that can have life-improving results.
First, make sure that you are properly educated on the nature of the challenge that your loved one is facing, and the types of treatment that have helped others who were in similar situations. Websites of reputable organizations, local mental health support organizations, and your family doctor can be excellent sources of information to provide you with a fundamental grasp of the issue and potential solutions.
Talk to your loved one. Express your concerns, share your findings, and talk about both the need for and the many benefits of treatment. Be sure to keep the following concepts in mind:
- Plan to listen at least as much, and hopefully more, than you speak. As much as you may have learned about this disorder, no one understands what it is like to live with this OCD better than a person who is actually doing so.
- Listening to your loved one is important for at least two reasons: It will increase your understanding of what he or she is experiencing, and it will make your loved one an active and informed participant in treatment-related decisions.
- Ensure that you are having a conversation, not a lecture or an argument. It is difficult to overstate the importance and value of encouraging your loved one to share his or her thoughts and of being prepared to listen without judgment.
If your loved one is hesitant about getting professional help, you will need to reinforce your support and continue the conversation at a later date. One discussion is not likely to solve the problem, but your continued presence, your ongoing support, and your dedication will be essential.
Depending upon the specifics of the situation, you may want to enlist a small group of trusted friends and/or close family members to assist you with both your research and your efforts to get your loved one into a treatment program. Don’t attempt to overwhelm or force your loved one, but be sure to let him or her know that you are not the only one who cares about him or her and sees the need and benefit treatment.
Remember that agreeing to get treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder is an important step, but it is just one step in the long process of recovery. Prepare to be an active positive presence in your loved one’s life before, during, and after he or she receiving treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
Untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder can have a significantly negative impact on a person’s ability to live a healthy, satisfying, and productive life. The symptoms of OCD can prevent a person from completing his or her education, getting and keeping a job, and participating in healthy interpersonal relationships. As a result, a person with untreated OCD may be at increased risk for financial struggles and may lack the ability to achieve a desirable degree of personal freedom and self-reliance. Family discord, strained or ruined interpersonal relationships, social withdrawal and/or ostracization, and substance abuse are among the negative social effects that can result from untreated OCD. However, by completing treatment at Westend Hospital, men and women who have been struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder can experience relief from their symptoms and resume their pursuit of healthy, productive, and satisfying futures.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults ages 18 and above who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate his or her OCD symptoms and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for obsessive-compulsive disorder at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with OCD have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with OCD can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.