OCD is often a topic made light of in casual conversations and on popular TV shows like "Monk". But the fact is OCD is a serious disorder and individuals with OCD face significant impairment in functioning and quality of life. Families with loved ones suffering from OCD often feel the burden as well.
"Many individuals with OCD keep their disorder a secret and they often suffer in silence," said David Wall, Ph.D, director of psychological services at Remuda Ranch Anxiety Program. "OCD is much more severe than people think. It can consume one's life. Many individuals with OCD often relapse. Early intervention and appropriate treatment is crucial."
The World Health Organization has identified OCD as one of the top ten leading causes of disability worldwide. OCD is also the fourth most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Nearly four million individuals in the U.S. have been diagnosed with OCD.
At Remuda Ranch Anxiety Disorders Program, appropriate cognitive behavioral therapy and medication have proven to be very helpful in the treatment of OCD.
OCD is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by recurrent and unwanted intrusive thoughts and behaviors meant to alleviate anxiety or stress. Common types of obsessions and compulsions often revolve around cleaning/washing, checking, hoarding and sexual or religious themes.
To learn more about OCD and OCD Awareness Week, please visit www.ocfoundation.org.
About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders
Remuda Ranch offers inpatient and residential programs for individuals of all faiths suffering from eating or anxiety disorders. Each patient is treated by a multi-disciplinary team including a psychiatric and a primary care provider, registered dietitian, master's level therapist, psychologist and registered nurse. The professional staff equips each patient with the right tools to live a healthy, productive life. For more information, call 1-800-445-1900 or visit www.remudaranch.com