OCD is characterized by distressing and intrusive thoughts (obsessions)
The new program at PCH Treatment Center is tailored to the individual needs of clients and often involves residential or immersive day care. The foundations of treatment are exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive therapy and medication management when necessary. Psychiatrists are available to evaluate the need for medication, though PCH Treatment Center’s philosophy is to minimize such intervention.
In addition, clients undergo individual and group therapy sessions, neuro-feedback, mentalization, and holistic activities such as mindfulness meditation, aerobic exercise and yoga. Both residential and outpatient programs are available, depending on the client’s condition and needs. Family therapy is integrated into treatment through a weekend program and/or individual family therapy sessions.
Licensed psychologist Flavio Marenco, Ph.D., director of the new program, said that OCD sufferers struggle with the disorder for an average of 15 years before seeking treatment.
“We are delighted to launch our new OCD program that is geared towards clients whose symptoms are severe enough to significantly interfere with their everyday living,” said Marenco, who qualified “significant”
Marenco says that the onset of OCD generally occurs before the age of 25 with the peak age of 20 and that it develops before age 35 in more than 85% of clients. Up to 30% of clients experience hoarding as a symptom and it is often accompanied by other psychological conditions like depression and anxiety.
Visit PCHTreatment.com to take a quiz to determine whether you may suffer from OCD. For an appointment, call (888) 724-0040.