Contact Alleviant Jonesboro or any of our three other locations in Arkansas if you’re looking for mental health treatment that specializes in treating treatment-resistant issues, such as chronic pain disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
OCD is a type of anxiety disorder. Unwarranted fears and irrational thoughts drive people struggling with OCD — often called their obsessions. These obsessions drive them to perform repetitive behaviors — often called their compulsions. People struggling with OCD may understand their obsessions are unreasonable but attempting to stop or ignore them rarely works because doing so causes compounding stress. The repetitions must ultimately be reinstated to alleviate mounting feelings of anxiety. Searching for an OCD therapy treatment program in Jonesboro, Arkansas? Reach out to Alleviant Jonesboro today by calling 870.657.0337 or contacting our team online
What Is an OCD Treatment Program?
While there’s no established cure for OCD, there are forms of therapeutic care that provide relief from OCD symptoms to the extent that clients find themselves able to lead normal lives. All cases of OCD were once considered resistant to treatment, but studies show that it’s now possible to treat up to 60% of clients struggling with OCD using medication alone.
An effective OCD treatment program typically consists of medication, psychotherapy, or both. Medications that are prescribed typically are anti-anxiety drugs or antidepressants. Regarding psychotherapy, OCD clients typically respond well to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT for OCD may occur in individual, group, or family sessions.
Some OCD treatment programs also include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). During ECT, a machine delivers electric shocks to the client’s brain. The shock triggers a controlled seizure that activates neurons that bring about changes in neurochemical levels in the brain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy can also be used. During TMS therapy, a magnetic field stimulates the nerve cells in the brain. This therapeutic method is used when others fail.
How Does OCD Therapy Work?
At Alleviant Jonesboro’s OCD treatment center, the goal is to provide clients with tools to help them improve their quality of life by availing of our comprehensive psychiatry services. Therefore, CBT is one of the components likely to be included in any OCD treatment program we create. CBT for OCD typically uses two scientifically-based techniques to change a person’s behavior and thoughts:
- Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy: In ERP therapy, clients who struggle with OCD are placed in situations where they are gradually exposed to their obsessions and asked not to perform the compulsions that usually ease their distress and overall anxiety. This is done at a client’s pace — the therapist never forces them to do anything they don’t want to do.
- Cognitive therapy: When applied to treating OCD, cognitive therapy helps clients understand that the brain is sending error messages. The therapist will help them learn to recognize these messages and respond to them in new ways to help them control both obsessions and compulsions.
When Should You Consider an OCD Treatment Center?
If medication and psychotherapy sessions haven’t worked for you or your loved one, you should consider going to our OCD treatment center at Alleviant Jonesboro. Or, if you suspect that you or your loved one may be struggling with OCD, but there’s no diagnosis to support it, definitely call us and ask how to get assessed and diagnosed.
OCD symptoms shouldn’t take over daily life or make functions difficult. Having suicidal thoughts, in particular, is a huge red flag. Unfortunately, suicide among people struggling with OCD is common. If you think you or your loved one would be safer at an OCD treatment center, there’s nothing else to consider. You should seek professional help.
Ready To Learn More About Alleviant Jonesboro’s OCD Treatment Program?
Contact Alleviant Jonesboro today if you’re looking for an OCD therapy treatment program in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Reach out to our team online or call 870.657.0337.