Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, can be extremely debilitating for adolescents and young adults. Those suffering with OCD are aware of the irrationality of their thoughts and, at times, actions but find it difficult to stop them. Many young adults who suffer from OCD also have a tremendous sense of embarrassment, guilt and shame about being compelled to do these “silly” rituals that, for many, are internal so that others may not be aware of the continuing and debilitating internal struggle to resist these obsessional and/or compulsive thoughts or behaviors. Young adults suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder behaviors can become progressively more isolated and alienated and therefore progressively more depressed. As with every psychiatric disorder there is a spectrum of presentations and obsessive compulsive traits. Some may also experience co-morbid or co-occurring anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and conditions and developmentally based disorders such as Asperger’s. We utilize many sub-specialized approaches that can help:
- cognitive behavioral approaches (such as extinction and desensitization protocols).
- psychopharmacologic approaches which can help decrease the frequency and intensity of the anxieties and depression associated with this disorder.
Adolescents and young adults struggling with OCD often feel stuck. They need the help we provide in moving forward with their education and their ability to find meaning and joy in their lives. Our OPI Living Southern California treatment facility location, experienced clinical team and personnel and dedicated Departments of Educational Services, Career and Volunteer Services, Extracurricular Activities and Life Coaching Services make it possible for us to find opportunities these young adults can truly get excited about so they can expand their horizons, try new approaches to things and break the cycle of internal and external alienation and suffering from OCD. This excitement is essential for breaking the chains of isolation and allows them to share a joyous part of themselves, which, when reflected back, helps create, hope for the future.