Expert treatment for co-occurring OCD
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes individuals to experience a variety of symptoms that can be categorised as either ‘obsessions’ and/or ‘compulsions’.
Obsessions can be defined as irrational and persistent urges or thoughts that cause individuals to experience significant distress and anxiety. Compulsions are the behavioural manifestations of these obsessive thoughts and refer to ritualistic mental or physical acts that individuals feel compelled to perform in order to temporarily alleviate the anxiety caused by their obsessions. The irrational thoughts, urges and behaviours that are associated with OCD can be all-encompassing, extremely time consuming and feel out of control.
At Manor Clinic our specialist team offer expert treatment for OCD in Southampton when this occurs alongside a substance addiction. The purpose of this treatment is to equip each and every one of our patients with the skills to manage their OCD symptoms, overcome their addiction, and return to a healthy and more fulfilling life.
I think I need treatment for co-occurring OCD. How can Manor Clinic help me?
At Manor Clinic, we understand that the stress, anxiety, and fear that accompany OCD can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on a person’s quality of life and can affect everything from their relationships and personal life, to their work and professional performance. When OCD is accompanied by an alcohol or drug addiction, these negative outcomes are exacerbated, leading to profound long-term problems.
Although seeking help for your OCD may seem like a daunting prospect, it is the most important step to take in order to tackle your symptoms and achieve positive mental wellbeing. Our specialists at Manor Clinic have significant experience working closely with people who struggle with substance addictions and co-occurring OCD, and our specialist treatment programme has proven to be highly effective at not only managing symptoms but also, increasing our patients’ ability to live healthy, productive, and much more satisfying lives.
We are dedicated to providing evidence-based, recovery-focused treatment for your addiction and co-occurring OCD, helping you to identify the triggers for your unhealthy behaviours, tackle your symptoms and take steps towards getting your life back on track.
Treatment for co-occurring OCD at Manor Clinic in Southampton, Hampshire
Treatment for co-occurring OCD at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our specialist Addiction Treatment Programme. Typically, this includes a 28-day residential stay and consists of:
- Group therapy for OCD – group therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic technique, used to treat a range of mental health conditions, including OCD. Group therapy takes place in a group setting and is facilitated by a qualified specialist. This type of therapy is highly collaborative and allows patients to share their individual experiences and learn from people who are going through similar issues, all within a safe, confidential and supportive space. At Manor Clinic, each patient going through our group therapy programme will have a primary addiction diagnosis and many may also be struggling with some form of co-occurring mental health condition, including OCD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder, alongside their drug or alcohol addiction
- Medication for OCD – medication can also be prescribed alongside group therapy in the treatment of co-occurring OCD, in order to accompany the psychotherapeutic element of treatment and act as an additional defence against your OCD symptoms. The most widely used type of medication for treating OCD are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are a form of antidepressant. Your suitability to take antidepressants whilst at Manor Clinic will be thoroughly assessed in conjunction with your addiction diagnosis
What are the most common signs and symptoms of OCD?
OCD symptoms typically fall into two distinct categories, obsessions and compulsions, and there are a number of different types of obsessions and compulsions that individuals may experience.
Examples of OCD obsessions include:
- Overwhelming fear of germs, disease and contamination
- Worrying excessively that you forgot to turn off an appliance or lock the door whenever you leave the house
- Recurrent thoughts that you may cause harm to yourself or others, or that you may say something inappropriate or hurtful
- Constantly questioning your sexuality, or experiencing intrusive sexual thoughts
Examples of OCD compulsions include:
- Bathing multiple times a day or washing your hands in an excessive manner, regardless of need
- Avoiding objects that you perceive as being contaminated, or only touching certain objects with a tissue
- Engaging in behavioural and/or mental rituals for a certain amount of time or for a set number of times, in order to alleviate anxiety e.g. turning a light switch on and off, repeating certain words over and over again or counting to a specific number in your head
- Rearranging objects so that these are symmetrical, aligned or ‘just so’
For more detailed information on the signs and symptoms of OCD, please visit our OCD symptoms page.
Causes of OCD
As is the case for a number of mental health conditions, experts have concluded that the chances of an individual developing OCD is likely to be influenced by a number of different factors. Potential causes of OCD may include:
- Gender - gender has been found to play an important role in determining the onset of OCD symptoms, as well as the type of symptoms that you are more likely to experience. Research suggests that males are at increased risk of developing obsessions and are more likely to experience an early onset of OCD symptoms, whereas females are much more likely to develop compulsions and demonstrate a later onset of these symptoms
- Genetics - considerable research demonstrates a strong genetic link in the development of OCD. Studies have shown that having a sibling or parent with OCD can significantly increase the risk that you will go on to develop this disorder. In addition, genetic abnormalities in the functioning of certain areas of the brain have also been identified as raising an individual’s risk of developing OCD
- Mental health - research indicates that individuals who already struggle with a mental health problem may be at increased risk for developing additional challenges, including OCD
- Personality – certain personality traits have also been linked to the development of OCD. Individuals who have extremely high personal standards, may be considered to be ‘perfectionists’ and have a strong sense of responsibility for other people, could be at increased risk
- Life events - certain life events may also lead to an individual developing OCD. Individuals who have experienced trauma, neglect, abuse, bullying or other stressful events, particularly during childhood, are more likely to develop OCD or other mental health conditions at some point in their life. It’s also possible for OCD to develop as a result of experiencing significant life events such as moving house, having a baby or suffering a bereavement