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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery. Our Treatment Centers Center For Discoverylocation specializes in treating this Eating Disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery |
Eating Disorder Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive

Disorder (OCD)

and Eating Disorders

Signs, Symptoms,

Treatment, and

Recovery|

Eating Disorder

Treatment

Co-occurring disorders: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders

Many individuals, who are diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa will often exhibit signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder as well, which is a specific type of anxiety disorder. In fact, approximately 40% of individuals with an eating disorder are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and two-thirds of individuals with eating disorders have a previous history of at least one anxiety disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders often co-occur together because they both exhibit a need to perform compulsive ritualistic behaviors in order to attempt to remove the anxiety provoking thoughts that precede these behaviors. Whether it is self-induced vomiting to rid the body of calories in the case of anorexia nervosa or constantly checking whether the stove is switched on in the case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, these behaviors exert a need for control in order to reduce the severe underlying anxiety. 

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive unwanted thoughts known as obsessions that are relieved through repetitive acts known as compulsions. This relatively common disorder results in significant distress and impairment in one’s social, personal and professional life and is known as ego-dystonic meaning the individual realizes these thoughts are abnormal and unpleasant. Fear of contamination followed by ritualistic cleaning, need for symmetry and order followed by organizing, and concerns about losing something valuable followed by hoarding are common obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions that occur with OCD. An individual with OCD might perform a ritual by chewing their food for a pre-meditated number of times that feels “just right” before swallowing. Similarly, a person with anorexia may count bites or pieces of food eaten in a sitting as a means of restricting or limiting portions in order to reduce caloric intake.  In both of these cases, rituals are developed to reduce the anxiety caused by a triggering obsession, such as fear of eating or weight gain.  

Obsessive thoughts

  • Fear of contamination
  • Need for symmetry and order
  • Sexual thoughts
  • Aggressive thoughts
  • Feelings of doubts associated with leaving the stove on or doors unlocked
  • Concerns about losing something or throwing away something valuable
  • Fears about having a disease or medical illness
  • Fears about practicing sinful behavior

Compulsive actions

  • Checking
  • Counting
  • Cleaning
  • Praying
  • Rearranging, balancing and ordering
  • Asking for reassurance
  • Hoarding
  • Binge eating

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Recovery treatment program for eating disorders with co-occurring OCD and OCPD

Unlike obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), individuals with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder do not seek treatment since they generally do not recognize they have a problem. Individuals with OCD tend to seek treatment right away because they are aware their behavior is causing harm to their life and loved ones. Our Center For Discovery treatment for OCD is often treated with psychotherapy and medication, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) a class of antidepressants. There is no medication known to help treat symptoms of OCPD but long-term psychotherapy is recommended.

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Recovery treatment program for eating disorders with co-occurring OCD and OCPD

Unlike obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), individuals with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder do not seek treatment since they generally do not recognize they have a problem. Individuals with OCD tend to seek treatment right away because they are aware their behavior is causing harm to their life and loved ones. Our Center For Discovery treatment for OCD is often treated with psychotherapy and medication, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) a class of antidepressants. There is no medication known to help treat symptoms of OCPD but long-term psychotherapy is recommended.

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Center For Discovery's Eating Disorder Treatment Center specializes in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Co-Occurring Eating Disorders with customized treatment for the individual to get  well on the way to his/her eating disorder recovery.

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