Online OCD Treatment in New Jersey makes recovery even more attainable for those suffering from OCD symptoms. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition and can be challenging to understand and to live with. OCD treatment in New Jersey is available with proven modalities treating OCD and other co-occurring mental health concerns.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that can impact individuals from various age groups and backgrounds. This disorder is characterized by a cycle of reoccurring and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges, also known as obsessions. These obsessions can trigger intense feelings of distress. In addition to obsessions, individuals with OCD engage in repetitive behaviors, known as compulsions, in efforts to decrease stress and anxiety. However, these behaviors only serve to fuel the cycle of OCD. It’s important to note that obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors can vary in intensity, frequency and content.
Current research has found the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is crucially involved in decision making and reward-guided learning. Therefore, it is important to find an OCD specialist to ensure proper treatment is provided. That’s why the providers at MBD have extensive training in treating OCD in NJ.
Only trained therapists can diagnose OCD. During online therapy sessions, your OCD treatment provider will look for three things while making an assessment:
Though the symptoms of OCD may seem obvious on the surface, it’s important to recognize signs of other co-occurring mental disorders that must be assessed. It is essential to connect with a therapist who is well versed in OCD when seeking help for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Our OCD therapists in New Jersey know the characteristics of obsessive thought patterns.
Another symptom that is less common but reflective of obsessive-compulsive disorder is a motor tic. Many people diagnosed with OCD also complain of having a tic disorder that includes sudden, repetitive movements that the individual cannot control. Eye blinking, facial movements, shoulder shrugging, and head movements are common. Vocal tics can also factor with OCD, including excessive throat clearing, sniffing, or grunting. Online OCD treatment in New Jersey can also address these issues.
Genetic propensity is a direction to examine the cause. It is not uncommon for families to see a pattern or history of OCD throughout generations. Fortunately, mental health is at the forefront of research, and experts have found a difference between OCD developing in children and those who begin the experience as adults. The research leads to the belief that OCD developed in childhood may prove to have a genetic base. OCD appears in men and women as well in all ethnicities, children, and adults.
In addition to genetic predisposition, some other factors that may influence the development of OCD include exposure to traumatic life events such as bullying, abuse, neglect, or other significant life events. Personality types also play a role in the development of OCD symptoms. OCD therapists in New Jersey are trained to assess the personality traits contributing to this disorder. However, it is essential to note that being “neat” or “meticulous” is not an indicator of OCD.
Learning about OCD helps understand the causes and identify the obsessions and compulsions while building self-confidence and self-esteem. Our therapists offer evidence-based treatments, which include but are not limited to:
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors associated with the patterns of OCD obsessions and compulsions. CBT is designed for individual work between a therapist and patient to identify the negative thoughts and non-effective harmful coping mechanisms. Once the obsessions and compulsions are identified, work can begin with a resolution.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is available to residents in New Jersey and has shown considerable promise in reducing symptoms of OCD. Studies have explored the use of KAP as a treatment for OCD. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2016 found that KAP was effective in reducing symptoms of OCD in individuals with treatment-resistant OCD. Undoubtably, access to ketamine assisted psychotherapy has never been more available to NJ residents, and we encourage you to learn more & make the best decision for your mental health.
ERP is a type of CBT that enables individuals to resist urges and compulsive behaviors. After identifying obsessions, ERP therapy teaches how to face the fear or obsession without performing the relieving compulsive behavior. ERP therapists in NJ can help reduce anxiety and decrease the power of obsessions. Our therapists work with patients to face their fears in a safe, controlled environment.
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) treats mental health concerns, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. This virtual reality technology allows patients to experience virtual simulations of true-to-life situational triggers for obsessions and compulsions. This exposure is a powerful tool that utilizes modern technology to allow for gradually controlled experiences in a safe environment. The patient uses the provided headset while contacting the therapist online during therapy sessions.
Working with a mental health or medical provider to receive medications can help ease the intensity of the symptoms. However, medical and mental health evaluations must be performed before prescribed medications. In addition, ongoing medical medication evaluations must occur to monitor the needed dosages or medication changes.
The duration of treatment varies based on the individual’s needs and the severity of their symptoms. Some people might benefit from short-term therapy, while others might require longer-term treatment.
Ketamine has shown promise in treating various mental health conditions, including OCD. As Ketamine therapy providers, we offer this service to help clients break cycles of thinking traps that lead to compulsive behaviors.
Choosing the right therapy often depends on individual needs, the nature of the OCD symptoms, and personal preferences. It’s best to consult with a qualified therapist, like those at Mind by Design, who can provide a personalized recommendation based on an initial assessment.
CBT, especially a subtype called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is considered the gold standard for treating OCD. Many individuals experience significant symptom reduction after undergoing CBT.
Yes, many individuals benefit from a combination of therapies. For instance, CBT can be combined with group therapy/peer support, which we often link our clients to as an additional support. The combination often depends on the individual’s needs and the therapist’s recommendations.
Yes, OCD can begin in childhood or adolescence. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent the disorder from severely impacting a young person’s life.
The timeline for seeing results varies for each individual. Some might notice improvements after a few sessions, while others might require a longer duration. Regular sessions and consistent practice of techniques can expedite progress.
Yes, there are numerous resources available for understanding OCD and its treatments. The Mind by Design website offers articles and insights. You can also call us and we would be happy to provide you with referrals. Additionally, books like ‘The OCD Workbook’ and ‘Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’ are great starting points.
Yes, OCD can manifest in various ways, including fears of contamination, harming oneself or others, fears of making a mistake, or needing things symmetrical or in a particular order.
While professional treatment is essential, individuals can also benefit from self-help strategies like mindfulness meditation, journaling, and joining OCD support groups.
Mind by Design Counseling in New Jersey is ready to answer your questions about OCD treatment and therapy options. Our certified therapist continually update our knowledge base, treatment options, and training to offer the best treatment options. If you feel you are experiencing OCD or mental health disorders please contact us now.