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April 24, 2024

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can significantly impact your ability to function and manage your daily routines. When you find your OCD is becoming overwhelming and taking control over your life, help is available at Peachtree Wellness Solutions. Our comprehensive OCD treatment in Atlanta is personalized to each individual based on their specific symptoms and needs. Let us help you discover how you can effectively manage your OCD while living a productive life with improved mental well-being. 

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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is a mental health condition where an individual experiences instructive thoughts and uncontrollable and recurrent behaviors. Many people find they lose self-control over these compulsions and obsessions. 

What Are Obsessions?

Obsessions are the intrusive thoughts that invade a person’s mind when they have OCD. Obsessions can also include recurrent urges or images. People can find their obsessions to be undesired, leading to anxiety, stress, and feelings of shame, fear, discomfort, or guilt. Some examples of obsessions include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Fear of dirt
  • Thoughts and worry about whether they did something, like locking doors before bedtime
  • Thoughts of aggression
  • Intrusive sexual thoughts 

What Are Compulsions?

Compulsions are the actual act of responding to obsessions. For instance, if someone has a fear of germs or dirt, they may engage in excessive hand washing and cleaning rituals. Another compulsion some people have is checking rituals. This is where the person checks behind themselves to ensure they did something but repeatedly does so. 

How Do I Know I Need OCD Treatment?

Some common signs and symptoms that could indicate you need OCD treatment in Atlanta include:

  • You spend an hour or longer each day on obsessions and compulsions.
  • You experience excess anxiety and worry.
  • You have no control over your obsessions and compulsions and easily give in to them.
  • You are starting to have difficulties at work, school, with relationships, and other aspects of your life. 
  • While you dislike the obsessions and compulsions, you notice your anxiety temporarily subsides if you give in to them. 

Our OCD Treatment Programs in Atlanta

Our Atlanta OCD treatment offers several levels of care based on your specific needs and severity of OCD, including: 

  • Residential: Our residential program is for people with severe OCD who require constant supervision or could potentially harm themselves or others. It provides highly structured and intensive treatment to start to learn how to manage OCD symptoms effectively.  
  • PHP: Our PHP is for individuals who require structure and intensive treatment but do not require constant supervision. Clients attend sessions daily and return home in the evenings. 
  • IOP: Our IOP is a step-down level of care from a higher treatment level. IOPs are also well-suited for people with mild to moderate OCD with a strong support system at home and those who can effectively manage their symptoms outside treatment. 
  • OP: Our outpatient program (OP) provides ongoing support and treatment after completing one of our treatment programs. People have access to individual and group therapy sessions at appropriate intervals, reflecting their treatment progress. 

Barriers to Finding OCD Treatment

It is normal for some individuals to experience different barriers to finding and getting OCD treatment. For example, there is a stigma attached to seeking mental health care ingrained in many men, which makes them reluctant to get the help they need. 

Other people may not recognize they need treatment. They may assume their OCD symptoms are normal because they can distinguish between normal thoughts and behaviors and intrusive ones. Some people may even downplay the seriousness of their symptoms. 

Furthermore, some people do not have insurance. As a result, the costs of treatment can be a barrier. At Peachtree Wellness Solutions, we can provide you with access to resources when you do not have insurance, as well as discuss different payment plans. Our goal is to help you get the treatment and care you need. 

How We Treat OCD in Atlanta

Our OCD treatment in Atlanta involves a detailed assessment and evaluation to develop a customized treatment and care plan, which could include: 

  • Psychiatry: Our psychiatrists provide personalized treatment plan development and medication management services.
  • Holistic Therapy: Holistic therapies can help increase focus and improve overall physical and mental well-being. 
  • Individual Therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe and private setting to discuss topics one is uncomfortable sharing in a group setting.
  • Family Therapy: Involving the family in treatment can be beneficial as it helps family members learn how they can support their loved ones with OCD. 
  • Psychoeducational Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions provide the opportunity to learn from others, receive education about OCD, and develop and practice coping skills. 
  • Genetic Testing: Genetic testing can help determine which medications are most effective in treating OCD.
  • Red Light Therapy: Red light therapy can help improve moods and alleviate symptoms associated with OCD. 
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Various medications can help bring symptom relief. 
  • Music Therapy: Music therapy allows individuals to express feelings and emotions, as well as develop coping skills using the power of music. 
  • Biosound Therapy: Biosound therapy uses sound, vibrations, and guided imagery to alleviate stress, anxiety, and other OCD symptoms. 
  • Pet Therapy: Pet therapy helps individuals cope with their immediate mental health concerns while developing long-term coping skills to manage their OCD. 

Medications Utilized in OCD Treatment

Several different medications can be utilized in OCD treatment based on the individual’s specific symptoms. Some of the more common drugs that could be prescribed include:

  • SSRIs: SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) help regular serotonin levels in the brain and reduce obsessive thoughts and anxiety.
  • Antidepressants: Certain antidepressants may be used to increase serotonin levels to manage obsessions. 
  • SNRIs: SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) can be beneficial when individuals do not respond well to other medications. 
  • Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines may be prescribed to relieve anxiety.

Don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. In the case of a medical emergency please contact 911 or visit your local emergency department.

Begin OCD Treatment in Atlanta at Peachtree Wellness Solutions Today

At Peachtree Wellness Solutions, we are here to help when you are ready to regain control over your OCD symptoms. Our caring and supportive medical professionals provide comprehensive and personalized OCD treatment in Atlanta tailored to your specific needs. Contact us now to discover the path to improved mental health and effective OCD symptom management for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

More on OCD

The duration of OCD treatment in Atlanta depends on the individual and the intensity of their obsessions and compulsions. Most people need ongoing support long after their initial treatment, which can consist of support groups and individual therapy a few times monthly.

Yes, OCD treatment is effective when the individual is actively participating in their recovery. The tools, techniques, and coping strategies developed during treatment can continue to help ensure continued success once treatment is completed. 

OCD statistics, as reported by NIMH, include the following:

  • Approximately 2.5 million adults in the U.S. have OCD, which amounts to 1.2% of the population.
  • Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with OCD compared to men.
  • 25% of all OCD cases develop by the time the individual turns 14. 
  • Almost one-third of adults experienced initial symptoms when they were tweens and teens.
  • The average age for developing and being diagnosed with OCD is 19.

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Most major health insurance plans with out-of-network benefits can help cover the costs associated with our Atlanta mental health programs. Find out your coverage now.