What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder occurs when an individual gets caught up in a never-ending cycle of intrusive thoughts accompanied by repeated behaviors, or compulsions. The individual creates and participates in the compulsions to keep the intrusive thoughts at bay. Intrusive thoughts are usually unpleasant, horrifying, or taboo, and can cause the person to suffer from intense anxiety, fear, and doubt.
Risks of Drug Abuse with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms
Appropriate Treatment Environments
Depression and self-harm are common long-term withdrawal symptoms, and in a medical rehabilitation center, recovering addicts can be effectively monitored and treated for depression and kept from harming themselves.
In a rehabilitation center, trained therapists and counselors are available 24/7 to help those in recovery work through the problems and issues that led to their addiction.
It is in this type of professional setting that the person in recovery can finally talk about and explore the symptoms of OCD that they were trying to mask. By uncovering the underlying mental health condition, it can be addressed with an individualized therapeutic and pharmacological approach.
Once the drug or alcohol addiction is addressed, and the OCD uncovered and treated, a person can make a life-long recovery from addiction and the unpleasant thoughts and compulsions of OCD.
- Fear of contamination from the environment or other people
- Fear of randomly blurting out insults or obscenities
- Extreme concern with precision, symmetry, or order
- Fear of discarding or losing an essential item
- Constant seeking of approval or reassurance
- Repeatedly counting to a particular number
- Repeating routine actions and activities such as writing, reading, opening a door, and walking
- Replacing evil thoughts with good thoughts
- Concentrating on safe or sound numbers and mentally repeating them
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