Diagnosing OCD – What’s Normal and What’s Not

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Everyone worries from time to time. You might worry about how you did on a test or if you will be hired for a job. Even though these worrisome feelings creep up, you should be able to push them away and focus on something else. Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is when things are taken to the extreme. You can’t push the thoughts away. They consume your life.

Because there is a strong link between OCD and substance abuse, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of OCD and when to get dual diagnosis treatment in Agoura. But first, how do you know what’s normal and what’s not?

Are You Really Experiencing OCD?

You are given an OCD diagnosis when you have extreme obsessions (anxious, intrusive and repetitive thoughts) and compulsions (behaviors or mental actions that are done repeatedly). “Extreme” is considered more than one hour a day and gets in the way of normal functioning.

Obsessions and compulsions that won’t exit your mind are bound to leave you emotionally and physically drained. You might have trouble maintaining healthy relationships and unable to lead a socially active life. To deal with these thoughts and actions, some people with OCD abuse drugs and alcohol, which is why there is a relationship between the two conditions.

What Types of Things Do People with OCD Worry About?

People with OCD have different fears and rituals, though there are similar patterns among individuals. Some common fears include:

  • Getting sick from bacteria or viruses
  • Losing someone else to illness or injury
  • Breaking religious rules
  • Causing harm to others
  • Perfectionism
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts

Getting Help for OCD and Substance Abuse

If OCD is left untreated, it can lead to substance abuse, generalized anxiety disorder, depression and other problems. This doesn’t have to happen as there are safe, effective ways to treat OCD. People typically respond well to antidepressants, counseling, a strong support network and education.

Awakenings Treatment Center offers dual diagnosis rehab in California, and one of the mental disorders we specialize in is OCD. We maintain a highly supportive environment where we address your obsessions and compulsions as well as your substance abuse. As an intensive outpatient program, our treatment is flexible and can easily fit into your lifestyle.

For more information about our IOP and how we treat people with OCD and substance abuse, contact Awakenings Treatment Center today.