When people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they are plagued by obsessions and compulsions that impair their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. These individuals will suffer from thoughts, urges, and images that they want to get rid of, but are incapable of doing so. These people may also find themselves experiencing severe anxiety because of the powerlessness they feel over their emotions and over their ability to stop their thoughts and behaviors. These people often struggle to appropriately perform occupationally, in their interpersonal relationships, and in their social activities.
Having OCD can have a tremendously negative impact on a person’s life. At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize the sensitivity that surrounds this disorder and we make it our goal to provide you with the tools necessary to overcome the symptoms you are struggling with and to find the relief you need in order to successfully move past the trials that this illness has placed on your life. We are dedicated to providing everyone who comes to us with highest quality of care in the most comfortable environment possible. Our hospital has recently undergone extensive renovations, including the complete remodel of each unit. In addition, the furnishings throughout the hospital are brand new, which allows us to provide care in a modern and clean atmosphere.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have watched your a family member or loved one behaving in ways that seem foreign to you, participating in obsessive rituals or compulsive behaviors, you may be wondering whether or not this is just something unique to his or her personality or if there is something more serious going on. If your loved one is displaying any of the following symptoms, it might be indicative of the presence of OCD and may warrant having an assessment done in order to determine whether or not he or she needs treatment:
- Experiencing chronic worry about dirt and germs, as evidenced by constantly washing one’s hands, scrubbing surfaces, etc.
- Demonstrating excessive and irrational concerns about the order, arrangement, and symmetry of things / constantly touching and rearranging items
- Experiencing an inability to refrain from repeating a phrase, a name, or an activity, despite wanting to stop doing so
- Eating food in a specific order
These are only a few examples of symptoms of OCD, but if your loved one is experiencing any of these, or the addition of any other concerning behaviors, it is highly recommended that you seek out treatment for him or her. If left untreated, the behaviors will likely continue to worsen.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
When the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are left untreated, they will are likely going to continue to worsen over time, causing further distress in a person’s life. Without treatment, some people with OCD will end up finding themselves in positions where they are unable to leave their homes due to the severity of their obsessions and compulsive rituals. They may begin to feel trapped in their own bodies, in their own minds. The symptoms of OCD can also cause people to search out alternative methods of self-medicating, including the use of alcohol and other drugs. However, with proper therapeutic interventions, obsessive-compulsive disorder can be successfully treated and those suffering from it can go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives, void of the plagues of obsessions and compulsions.
Acute inpatient treatment programs have been known to be an extremely beneficial way of thoroughly treating OCD. Inpatient programs are able to determine each individual’s exact needs and develop treatment plans based solely on those unique needs. Not only will clients be provided with around-the-clock care in order help mediate the symptoms, but they will also be able to leave the stresses of their everyday environments in order to focus solely on becoming well. Leaving their home environments may cause some individuals a lot of stress because it will take them away from being able to practice some of their rituals, but they will be surrounded by mental health professionals who can help aid them in developing the tools and skills they need to fight through the anxiety that results from their need to perform those rituals.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf, we recognize that our clients have walked a long path before reaching our doors, facing a variety of complications in their lives along the way. It is our mission to accept the responsibility as the destination of the journey that has led them to us. We commit to giving one hundred percent of ourselves in effort and training in order to become experts in our field so that we can provide exceptional treatment and therapeutic programming in a safe environment, sending our clients from our door onto the path to full recovery.
Types of Treatment Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arriving at Greenleaf, each client will participate in a thorough evaluation in order to provide our staff with all of the necessary information required to determine his or her exact treatment needs. Once the assessment is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists in order to determine the appropriate level of care and to confirm admission. Our approach to treatment is client-centered, and all of our programs are designed to meet the individual needs of our clients through a comprehensive and compassionate approach that is led by a team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Some of the treatment methods that we use here at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital include:
Medication management: In some situations, medication may be used in order to help alleviate some of the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, most commonly through the use of anti-anxiety agents. Whether or not medication will be implemented will be determined during the development of the client’s treatment plan and, for those who will take medication, they will meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management.
Individual therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are meant to be a time where clients can meet on a one-to-one basis with their therapist in order to help them learn how to manage the symptoms of OCD and work towards developing coping skills and other tools to help control their impulses.
Group therapy sessions are held four times each day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the major topics that are discussed during these group sessions include managing stress, developing anger management skills, learning how to effectively express emotions, and developing appropriate communication and life skills.
Family therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis, with the amount of sessions being increased or decreased at any time to meet the needs of the client, as is appropriate to his or her individual treatment plan. Additionally, we offer education to the family members of our clients in order to help them learn more about OCD and guide them in how they can best support their loved one.
Recreational therapy is held once a day for adults and is designed to be a time where individuals can participate in physical activities such as playing tennis, basketball, or using our pool and gym facilities.
We also pride ourselves in the working relationships that we have with providers outside of our hospital. We allow outpatient therapists to come in and meet with their clients while they are in our treatment center, adding to the comfort level that we strive to provide for those in our care.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
In addition to our inpatient treatment center, at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we also offer outpatient treatment options for clients who are ready to step down from the inpatient level of care. The outpatient tracks that we offer include one for substance abuse and one for mental health concerns. We have a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults that meets for four hours each day. The partial hospitalization program typically spans a period of 2-4 weeks and offers group sessions that cover topics such as coping skills, relaxation, and anger management. During this program, clients are also provided with weekly sessions with a therapist and weekly meetings with a psychiatrist for medication management. Some clients, on the other hand, might find that they are ready to return home. When the time to discharge from our program approaches, we work to set our clients up with outpatient therapists and outside aftercare programs, as well as to help identify any appropriate community resources that may be beneficial to them. Additionally, we offer an aftercare program every Thursday that is designed specifically to check in on clients who have been discharged.