Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment & rehabilitation
Our obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment programmes are grounded in pragmatism, empathy and healing. We use a 360-degree holistic treatment method focused on rebalancing your brain’s biochemistry, overcoming any emotional issues through psychotherapy and strengthening the mind-body connection.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can feel debilitating, and it will negatively impact a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. While undoubtedly challenging, clinical treatment for OCD and a full recovery is possible.
At Paracelsus Recovery, we address the root causes of OCD, not just the symptoms. We conduct a detailed assessment to identify the emotional, physical and environmental factors contributing to OCD. We provide biochemical restoration and numerous complementary therapies to ensure that your physical and mental health is as robust as possible while you undergo the difficult journey of recovery.
OCD often arises as to the mind’s unconscious attempt to deal with complicated feelings or life events that the person feels that they have no control over. We will provide numerous hours of specialised psychotherapy to address these challenges. We will also provide you with a live-in therapist who is available 24/7 for emotional support. Our main aim is to help you break the obsessive-compulsive cycle and create healthier ways of coping with fear.
We only ever have one client at a time to ensure that the best and utmost care is given to your health and wellbeing. We can provide treatment for OCD in our residential treatment centre in Zurich and in London.
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Symptoms of OCD
Common obsessive thoughts include
- Fear of illness via contamination by germs.
- Fear of losing control of oneself.
- Fear of harm to self or others (often fear of death).
- Intrusive violent images and thoughts.
- Intrusive sexual images or thoughts.
- Excessive thoughts about morality (fearing they are not a ‘good’ person).
- Excessive attention to superstitions.
- Extreme attention to order and symmetry.
- Fear of making a mistake (i.e. forgetting to turn the stove off or lock the door).
- A vague but persistent fear of ‘something bad happening.’
Common compulsions include
- Excessive double-checking of things (e.g. if the front door is locked).
- Counting, tapping or repeating certain words a specific number of times.
- Excessive cleaning or washing (e.g. handwashing).
- Repeatedly checking in on someone to make sure they are safe.
- Ordering and arranging things in a precise manner.
- Carrying out specific physical rituals a certain number of times a day (e.g. having to turn the light switch on and off ten times, three times a day).
- Carrying out mental rituals (for example repeating a phrase multiple times a day).
- Excessive praying or conducting religious rituals triggered by fear.
- Excessive hoarding of possessions.
- Fixation on food origin or food quality.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterised by the existence of distressing and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) which cause a person a great deal of anxiety. The only way to soothe this anxiety is to act out specific impulsive actions (compulsions). Distressing thoughts often bring intense feelings of fear with them and the compulsions are an attempt to feel more in control of this fear.
Over time, this can lead people to believe that they have more control and therefore responsibility for the outcome of specific events than they actually do.
For example, they can start to believe that if they do not complete the compulsion x number of times, the distressing thought will come true.
People suffering from OCD usually recognise that their obsessions are irrational, but this knowledge does not help them control the negative thoughts or prevent them from acting on the compulsions.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-based mental health condition in which a person has intrusive and disturbing thoughts (obsessions) and/or the urge to complete impulsive actions (compulsions).
We create individually tailored treatment programmes to make sure we can directly target your particular issues. We provide cutting-edge psychotherapeutic techniques to help you overcome the OCD symptoms and regain control over your mind. As life with OCD can be highly stressful and draining, we provide numerous complementary therapies (such as massage, yoga, and acupuncture) to help you restore a sense of calm on both physical and psychological levels.
Unlike most other OCD treatment centres and programmes, at Paracelsus Recovery, you will work with a live-in therapist who is available for therapeutic support around the clock. The live-in therapist plays an essential role in our OCD treatment plans because obtrusive thoughts and compulsions tend to occur throughout the day. At Paracelsus Recovery, you can address these intrusive thoughts with a highly qualified therapist each and every time they arise. The role of the live-in therapist drastically increases your chances of breaking the obsessive-compulsive cycle and attaining a long-lasting recovery from OCD.
There is a potent link between obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance abuse. OCD can increase the risk of developing a substance addiction because alcohol or drugs can be used as a way to ease OCD-related anxiety. At Paracelsus Recovery, we will always identify and treat any co-occurring mental health conditions.
Numerous factors contribute to the development of OCD, such as a person’s genetics, brain structure, environmental factors, psychological conditions and physical health. For example, if a person has relatives who developed OCD then they are at a significantly higher risk of developing OCD through both genetic dispositions and learned behaviour from their relative in childhood (environment). Physical, sexual or emotional abuse during childhood can also trigger OCD.