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Living with a mental illness doesn’t have to miserable. It is a great idea to create a self-care plan that keeps your mental health at the forefront of your life. Here are some ideas:
Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (also known as OCD) is a common and chronic condition characterized by uncontrolled obsessions (or reoccurring thoughts) and compulsive behaviors. These compulsive behaviors include the urge to repeat the same actions over and over again.
The symptoms of OCD are very intrusive and affect almost all aspects of life. The following symptom details are provided by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Those with Obessive-Compulsive Disorder have symptoms of one or both; compulsions or obsessions.
Some individuals with OCD also have a tic disorder. Motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements, such as eye blinking and other eye movements, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Common vocal tics include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds.
Symptoms may come and go, ease over time, or worsen. People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves. Although most adults with OCD recognize that what they are doing doesn’t make sense, some adults and most children may not realize that their behavior is out of the ordinary. Parents or teachers typically recognize OCD symptoms in children.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, The Serenity Center is here to help. Our team is trained to understand obsessive-compulsive disorder and the individual needs of our patients. If you need help managing your obsessive-compulsive symptoms, The Serenity Center provides:
You do not have to do this alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. A solid treatment plan does take time to accomplish, but you are worth it. Set up an appointment today, and our team will give your case the individual care and support you need to enjoy life again.
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