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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Rehab Treatment

Written By Stuart Croft
Reviewed By Tiffany Green
Medically Reviewed By Wajahat Choudhry
Updated January 11, 2023

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health disorder that can present at various levels of intensity. It’s characterised by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) that the sufferer feels the urge to repeat over and over. These symptoms can manifest in several ways, such as excessive cleaning, repeatedly checking things, or compulsive counting.

While many people have some form of obsession or compulsion they express in their daily lives, this typically has very little effect on our quality of life. OCD patients, on the other hand, suffer from persistent and intense obsessions and compulsions that can lead to severe anxiety and distress and interfere with daily activities, relationships, and work performance.

With more than 20 years of experience in treating OCD patients, Gladstones Clinic has proven ourselves to be a reliable and effective partner in helping our patients overcome their obsessions and compulsions and regain a sense of control over their thoughts and actions. Our integrative and holistic approach not only alleviates the symptoms of OCD but also empowers individuals with the skills and strategies needed for the long-term management of their condition.

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What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder?

The exact causes of OCD aren’t fully understood. Research suggests that it is the result of a combination of contributing factors, including genetics, neurological, cognitive, behavioural, and other factors.

Studies have indicated a genetic link in the likelihood of developing OCD, with many sufferers having close family members with the same condition. Neurological causes have also been pinned down through brain imaging studies that show variation in the frontal cortex in individuals with OCD.

Cognitive issues, where an individual gives too much importance to intrusive thoughts and overestimates the likelihood of negative outcomes; behavioural theories that point to learned behaviour (conditioning); and other factors such as trauma, brain damage, and even infection, have all been recognised as possibly contributing to the development of OCD.

When to seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Depending on the factors that contribute to OCD, there is a strong likelihood of it exacerbating over time. This makes the early detection and treatment of OCD a critical factor in achieving the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, many people fail to seek treatment until their symptoms start causing measurably negative outcomes such as deteriorating relationships, increased anxiety and depression, and the inability to meet one’s daily responsibilities.

Please consider seeking professional medical treatment for OCD if you or a loved one display any of the following symptoms:

What happens in obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment?

1. Assessment & Personalised Treatment Plan

Effective treatment for OCD and other mental health conditions hinges on being able to identify and address all contributing factors and coexisting conditions. In order to achieve this goal, Gladstones Clinic performs a thorough assessment of all patients seeking OCD rehab treatment, enabling us to design and implement uniquely tailored treatment strategies. This integrative and holistic approach means therapy that is individually targeted, effective, and comprehensive.

2. Behavioural Therapies

Behavioural therapies lay the groundwork for understanding OCD triggers and their responses and are a vital first step towards building coping strategies and modifying negative behaviours. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Therapy (ERP), and various other therapies allow our patients to identify and challenge obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours in a safe and controlled environment, while mindfulness-based practices help build an awareness of how to react to stressors and triggers in a controlled and predictable manner.

3. Addressing Underlying Issues

From experience, we know that many patients seeking OCD rehab therapy often present with coexisting mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and even substance abuse problems. Treating these underlying conditions is standard procedure at Gladstones Clinic, as it significantly improves recovery times, leads to a rapidly increased quality of life, and minimises the risk of relapse in the long term.

4. Aftercare and Ongoing Support

OCD and other mental health problems are rarely fully resolved within the space of just a few weeks. While targeted primary care allows for great strides to be made within a few short weeks, for many, ongoing support and aftercare are critical components of continued progress and a full recovery. These safety nets make provision for supplementary therapy as and when needed, along with access to Gladstones recovery resources and access to a growing and caring community of people who have overcome their mental health disorders.

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With personalised care and treatment, comfortable and relaxing facilities, and a 20-year track record of successfully treating our patients’ obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health disorders, Gladstones Clinic is the ideal partner to start your journey to recovery. 

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