Treatment of OCD in Israel
Timely detection and treatment of diseases is the key to a healthy life. This applies to mental disorders as well, which are difficult to identify independently or may not be desired to do so. According to studies, about 2-3% of people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which can silently disrupt their lives. IsraRehab clinic helps identify the condition and provides an individualized treatment course that will free the patient from intrusive thoughts and grant them freedom.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental pathology in which a person experiences intrusive thoughts or actions that are beyond their control or explanation, accompanied by anxiety and distress.
OCD manifests in two main ways:
- Obsessions: Intrusive thoughts or urges that cause discomfort to those affected by the condition. These thoughts are often related to perceived harm to oneself or others, illnesses, aggression, or other factors. Obsessions elicit a negative response, leading the patient to either suppress them or act them out as compulsions.
- Compulsions, or rituals: Regularly repeated actions that have no rational explanation. Individuals with OCD perform these rituals to neutralize obsessions or make their manifestations less distressing. Examples include excessive checking of one’s actions, counting everything encountered, excessive washing, and so on.
The thoughts and actions of individuals with OCD are characterized by their excessiveness (e.g., bathing multiple times a day) and the significant amount of time they consume, often measured in hours. Moreover, obsessions and compulsions lead to a constant sense of discomfort and, in advanced cases, can even cause work disability.
The perception of individuals towards obsessive-compulsive disorder can also vary. Some acknowledge that their actions lack logical justification (although they cannot stop them), while others believe their convictions are entirely justified. In most cases, individuals with OCD are aware that their behavior may lead to societal condemnation or unpleasant situations, prompting them to hide their symptoms, which can lead to other mental difficulties.
It is evident that OCD has a negative impact on a person’s quality of life, as it consumes their time, is accompanied by anxiety, and can strain relationships with others as well as pose difficulties in work or education. Diagnosis and quality treatment conducted in accordance with advanced medical methodologies can help alleviate such consequences.
Diagnosing OCD at the IsraRehab Clinic
To diagnose OCD, specialists at IsraRehab resort to analyzing behavioral patterns according to clinical criteria. Patients are assessed for the presence and severity of obsessions and compulsions, as well as their impact on daily life and the level of discomfort experienced.
Individuals with OCD often experience comorbid mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders associated with OCD, or suicidal behavior. If such conditions are detected, a comprehensive treatment plan is prescribed.
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Treatment of OCD in the Israeli clinic
When treating OCD and comorbid disorders, IsraRehab clinic doctors practice an individualized approach to each patient, which involves developing personalized treatment plans based on the specific characteristics of the diseases and their causes. The selection of methodologies is done in accordance with proven and modern medical practices in Israel and other countries worldwide.
The following approaches may be used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder:
- Exposure and response prevention therapy. The patient is exposed to a situation that triggers their ritual, but they are not allowed to perform the compulsions. Gradually increasing exposure leads to habituation and a weakening of the response.
- Cognitive therapy.
- Medication therapy. Personalized prescription of medications, in combination with other methods, helps alleviate symptoms and facilitate the struggle against them.
In addition to the therapeutic methods, the IsraRehab rehabilitation center provides comfortable rooms, sports facilities, and other recreational areas that help distract patients from negative thoughts.
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Treatment of OCD in Israel
The healing Israeli climate also plays a role, as trips to the sea and excursions contribute to overall well-being. IsraRehab’s comprehensive approach helps patients overcome intrusive thoughts or rituals and reintegrate into society as healthy individuals.