It is not uncommon to double-check that you’ve turned off the oven before you leave for work or to have an occasional desire to deep clean your house. However, living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can make these types of activities and worries feel so overwhelming that they interfere with a person’s daily routine and well-being. OCD is a mental health disorder that is characterized by invasive, overpowering thoughts, or obsessions, and intrusive, often uncontrollable behaviors, known as compulsions.
Those who have OCD can experience feelings of distress if they’re unable to act on their obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors. Persistent, unwanted thoughts and the compulsion to do things that interfere with their goals can negatively impact a person’s ability to thrive in their personal life and career.
At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, we offer premier inpatient treatment for adults age 18 and older who are suffering from OCD. Our obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment center is located in Indio, California, and serves the residents of Coachella Valley. We provide a safe and secure environment where our patients can receive the care they need to heal and lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Signs & Symptoms of OCD
When someone has OCD, they can experience obsessions and compulsions at the same time or individually. Common symptoms of OCD include:
- Unsuccessful efforts to suppress unwanted thoughts
- Persistent thoughts or urges
- Fear of harm
- The need for exactness or symmetry
- Repeated physical or mental acts, such as hand-washing, counting, and other rituals
- Fear of germs and sickness
- Extreme discomfort when something feels off or incomplete
- Low tolerance for uncertainty
- Excessive concern with order and cleanliness
- Preoccupation with moral or religious standards
- Time-consuming cleaning rituals that interfere with daily life
Often, those who are struggling with OCD realize that their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational, but they still find it hard to stop them. Others do not see their thoughts and behaviors as unreasonable even when they are interfering with their quality of life.
If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD, you can improve your well-being by getting help from qualified professionals at an accredited treatment place like Coachella Valley Behavioral Health.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) reports that obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms typically begin before the age of 35. Also, according to the DSM-5:
- 1 in 4 people who have OCD experience symptoms by age 14.
- The average age at which most people begin experiencing symptoms of OCD is around 19.
- Women are more likely than men to struggle with OCD when they’re adults. However, boys are more likely than girls to experience symptoms of OCD when they’re children.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports the following statistics on the prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder among Americans:
- The estimated lifetime prevalence of OCD among adults is 2.3%.
- Approximately 1.2% of adults suffer from OCD every year.
- Based on a survey of adults who have OCD, 50.6% experienced serious impairment, 34.8% suffered from moderate impairment, and 14.6% had mild impairment.
Benefits of Receiving Inpatient OCD Treatment
While those who have OCD can experience negative impacts on their personal lives and careers, there is hope. OCD can be effectively treated by qualified professionals who provide evidence-based treatments. The benefits of receiving inpatient treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder include:
- Crisis stabilization: For patients who are experiencing crisis-level symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, our inpatient care team can provide the necessary monitoring in a safe and supportive environment.
- Education: Therapies used in OCD treatment can help patients learn how to manage their symptoms and develop effective coping skills.
- Improved insight: By working with counselors and social workers in group settings, patients can gain insight into their obsessions and compulsions. Understanding why they have the urge to do certain activities can help patients develop compassion for themselves and use coping strategies that can help them heal.
- Community support: In Coachella Valley Behavioral Health’s inpatient unit, patients can work with our compassionate experts, who can provide supervision and support. In addition, patients have the opportunity to meet others who are struggling with mental health concerns. Peer support is a valuable part of the healing process at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health.
- Improved physical health: When someone has a mental health concern like OCD, it can take a toll on their physical health. Physical health benefits of receiving inpatient care can include stress reduction, better sleep, and improved self-care.
Those who receive inpatient treatment at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health’s OCD treatment center can benefit from the combined experience of our multidisciplinary professionals, including:
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Licensed professional counselors
- Physician assistants
- Registered nurses
- Nurse practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Yoga instructors
Therapies & Services We Use To Treat OCD at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health
At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, we provide evidence-based therapies and effective services that can help our patients form a foundation for healing. In our inpatient program, our goal is to help each patient stabilize, return home, and move to a lower level of care that can support their daily routine. To do so, our team of experts works together to create an individualized treatment plan for each person we serve. A patient’s treatment plan is based on their medical history, symptoms, and therapeutic goals. At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, treatment plans can include:
- Motivational interviewing: Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered, collaborative intervention therapists use to help people who may feel reluctant to change their behaviors. At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, our therapists use motivational interviewing in group therapy sessions.
- Group therapy: In group therapy sessions, patients can interact with others who may have had similar experiences. They can share insight and support as they encourage each other’s progress in our inpatient programming. At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, group therapy sessions are led by therapists or nurses daily.
- Family therapy: If family therapy is part of a patient’s treatment plan at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, they take part in sessions led by our social workers, counselors, or therapists. These team members can help family members understand the nature of OCD, its symptoms, and how treatment works. They can also help family members improve communication and learn more about setting boundaries.
- Solution-focused therapy: Therapists use solution-focused therapy to help patients shift from focusing on the past to finding solutions to problems that are measurable and achievable. Solution-focused therapy can help patients reframe problems in a more positive light. At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, social workers, counselors, and therapists use this type of therapy in group sessions.
- Medication management services: If medication is part of a patient’s treatment plan, we provide medication management services for them. Our healthcare professionals can prescribe medication and monitor medication responses throughout the patient’s stay at our treatment center.
- Medical care: At Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, our nurses and nurse practitioners can provide medical care if our patients need it.
- Art therapy: Art therapy is an experiential therapy that can be effective when used in conjunction with evidence-based therapies. Therapists use art therapy to provide patients with a nonverbal outlet for expressing their emotions and calming their minds.
- Music therapy: Music therapy is an experiential therapy that can reduce stress and provide an outlet for emotional expression.
- Yoga: Practicing yoga can help reduce the high levels of stress and anxiety that often accompany symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, engaging in yoga can benefit a person’s overall physical health and well-being.
Typical stays in Coachella Valley Behavioral Health’s inpatient program are around five to seven days, but each patient’s actual length of stay is based on their needs. Our goal is to provide intensive care that can help someone who is in crisis stabilize. Our team works together throughout each patient’s stay to provide the most appropriate therapies and services for their therapeutic needs. In addition, our team designs an aftercare plan that can include referrals to outpatient treatment, community support groups, and other resources. We see our inpatient care as the beginning of a healing journey, so we want to make sure that our patients continue to get the care they need after they leave our hospital.
If you have any questions about inpatient OCD treatment at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health, please call our team. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you start the admissions process.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Coachella Valley Behavioral Health.