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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment


If you or someone you love struggles with OCD, it might be time to consider Los Angeles-based OCD treatment. With outpatient OCD treatment, you can learn long-term strategies to better understand the causes of your OCD and how to control it.

Introduction & Overview

of OCD

OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder impacting over 2% of the population. It is characterized by uncontrollable, recurring behaviors or thoughts that a person feels compelled to repeat. The thoughts are referred to as obsessions, and the actions or behaviors are referred to as compulsions. 

Obsessions can include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Unwanted thoughts about self-harm, religion, sex, or other taboo subjects
  • Aggression toward others or yourself
  • The need for things to be in perfect order

Compulsions can include:

  • Excessively washing your hands or cleaning
  • Always ordering or organizing things in the same, exact way
  • Compulsively counting
  • Repeatedly checking things like a locked door or light switch

Not all OCD habits are compulsions. However, it usually manifests in the form of thoughts or behaviors that a person cannot control, which take up at least one hour of their day, and are not things they enjoy. 

OCD is a lifelong disorder that, without treatment, can make it impossible for some people to go about their daily lives. Obsessions and compulsions can inhibit work, school, family, and other personal relationships. Symptoms can ebb and flow as you age, sometimes worsening during periods of stress. 

Many people use drugs or alcohol to try and calm themselves when things trigger their compulsions or obsessions without realizing that they are self-medicating. 

Thankfully, there are legitimate therapies and treatments to help. There are many options for OCD outpatient treatment in the Los Angeles area. With OCD outpatient treatment programs, you can learn techniques and tools to manage your condition. A qualified OCD treatment center offers specialized services that not only target your OCD but any co-occurring mental health conditions like anxiety or depression. What you get out of outpatient treatment relies heavily on your willingness to complete any assigned therapies and associated homework.

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What to Expect From an

OCD Outpatient Treatment Center

With an OCD treatment center in Los Angeles, you can create a treatment plan to help you with your OCD. These treatments can include:

Medication

Basic medications prescribed by a doctor often include SRIs or SSRIs, which help reduce the severity of OCD symptoms. Medications are not a long-term solution, but something usually recommended in tandem with therapies. 

Therapy

Many therapies are available at OCD outpatient treatment centers, such as one-on-one counseling or group counseling, but one of the most common is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy. 

CBT treatment begins with an evaluation from which you can expect a set of treatment objectives. CBT works hard to teach you during the course of several sessions the skills you need to recognize patterns of thoughts that lead to negative behaviors. You learn how to identify negative thoughts and change them before they become negative behaviors. 

Holistic Treatments

Holistic treatment can go hand in hand with therapy. Many facilities will offer outpatient treatment plans that include fitness classes, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness which help solidify the skills learned in therapy. 

When you utilize an OCD Outpatient treatment center, you can expect to have an initial assessment or evaluation. This is a time for you to work with a medical professional or a qualified psychiatrist to evaluate your situation, your current level of mental health, any family history of conditions like OCD, and any other co-occurring issues you might have like substance abuse, anxiety, or depression.

Once the evaluation is complete, a program is designed specifically for you and your situation. A reputable OCD outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles should not give you a one-size-fits-all plan. Instead, they should work with you to create a personalized program that includes things you need most.

For example, suppose you struggle with severe anxiety and OCD. In that case, an outpatient treatment program might have you undergo psychotherapy as well as SSRIs which can be prescribed for both conditions by a doctor. As these medications help you to overcome the obsessions and compulsions of more severe cases of OCD, you might also undergo cognitive behavioral therapy to help give you skills to recognize your automatic thoughts that lead to obsessions or compulsions.

The length of your program will be determined by your needs and what you are willing to do. The longer you stick with an OCD treatment program, the more likely you are to cultivate long-term skills that can help you manage your symptoms and alleviate any interference your OCD has with your daily activities. Longer programs might include multiple therapy types, medications, and holistic treatments based on what you need and what you are comfortable with.

Usually, you have therapy that meets once per week or maybe twice per week. Many outpatient programs are explicitly designed to offer accessible therapy early in the mornings or in the evenings so that you can maintain your regular work schedule but still attend your therapy.

You can expect to have homework, especially if undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy. A key element of CBT is homework. Even if you only meet once a week, you might be given tasks that you have to do in between each meeting. 

For example, you might be asked to use a daily mood scale after your first session. To begin to see how your mood can change, you will start to keep track of your mood every day using this scale. You need to fill out this scale every day in order for it to be successful. So you might be advised to take it out before bed, think back on your day, and decide what you felt your mood was like today and today only. At the bottom of your scale there might be a place to write down the number of thoughts you have each day in addition to your mood. Doing this will help you to see what kind of impact the things we are trying during each session will have on your depression.

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    Our OCD Treatment Center in Los Angeles

    So why choose us? Our outpatient OCD treatment center gives you the power of choice. You can decide on the therapies and treatments included in your OCD outpatient treatment plan. 

    At our OCD treatment center, we craft unique treatment programs that give you a solid foundation from which to control your OCD long-term. While attending outpatient treatment, you can expect access to a range of evidence-based and holistic therapies to help you manage your disorder. 

    We know that every person is different, and that is why we work with each patient to craft a customized program during the initial assessment. You work with us in an active role to plan the treatments you want most. 

    This can include:

    1. Medications 
    2. Group or individual therapy
    3. Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, yoga, or meditation

    We specialize in individual and group therapy sessions that take place on a weekly basis. During these sessions, you get the specific level of care you need to treat your compulsions for however long you decide. Our goal is to give you the tools you need for long-term stability. 

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    Let MCR’s Trained Team Help

    At Multi Concept Recovery, we believe that your success depends on being actively involved in choosing the best therapies and picking the path to recovery that helps you the most. We help you identify the causes or contributing factors for your OCD, what triggers might make an episode particularly bad, and how to cope with those so that you control your disorder-not the other way around.

    If you are ready to start your OCD treatment in Los Angeles, we are here to help.

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    is all you need to begin healing from suffering.

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    – Eric Moore, COO

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