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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder And Addiction

Obsessive-compulsive disorder involves thoughts that won’t go away and repetitive behaviors.

Experiencing co-occurring disorders like addiction and OCD can make treatment more complicated, however, recovery is possible.

If you are struggling with OCD and addiction, Zinnia Health can help. Call us today at (855) 430-9439. You deserve to live a life free from the struggles of mental health and substance abuse issues.

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What Is OCD?

When you encounter difficult or stressful situations, it’s normal to worry. It’s also normal to have occasional thoughts about topics that are distressing or disturbing. However, with obsessive-compulsive disorder, those thoughts and behaviors won’t go away and are extremely difficult to control.

OCD is relatively common, with approximately 2.3% of adults meeting diagnostic criteria. Symptoms tend to appear during adolescence or early adulthood.

Many people with OCD attempt to hide their compulsions from loved ones. Many causes contribute to obsessive-compulsive disorder, including family history, genetics, stress, and serotonin abnormalities.

Signs And Symptoms Of OCD

Some examples of obsessive thoughts include:

  • An overpowering need for order
  • Fear of germs or infection
  • Persistent thoughts about harming others or oneself
  • Unwanted thoughts about taboo topics

Sometimes those obsessive thoughts become compulsive actions; people with OCD may find it necessary to repeat actions in order to relieve tension or anxiety. Common compulsions include:

  • Counting items (such as steps) repeatedly
  • Repeatedly placing items in a particular order
  • Washing, cleaning, or excessive attention to hygiene
  • Repeated checking (i.e, to make sure the stove is off)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment

At Zinnia Health, we use a combined approach to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with any other co-occurring mental health conditions. A number of medications, especially antidepressants, have demonstrated success in treating OCD and minimizing its effects. 

Therapy is especially effective — particularly cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Wellness programs, including meditation and yoga, teach relaxation and mindfulness techniques that can limit symptoms of OCD.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be exhausting, both for the person experiencing it and their loved ones. The good news is that treatment is available. Zinnia Health has extensive experience helping people with a dual diagnosis of OCD and substance use disorders get their life back.

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