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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Obsessive-compulsive disorders, also known as OCD is somewhat common in America. At least 1% of American adults suffer from OCD yearly.

So, learning everything you can about OCD is important.

What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

This is a mental condition that causes repetitive urges, sensations, or thoughts. These thoughts or actions are unwanted and usually compel a person to do the same things repeatedly.

Repetitive urges and thoughts are obsessions while repeated actions are compulsions. Most people who suffer from OCD will have one of these problems. However, it is possible to have both obsessions and compulsions.

How Does Someone With OCD Behave?

People who have OCD are usually under a lot of stress because of their condition. Attempts to suppress compulsions and obsession might also make them anxious.

Performing those repetitive rituals is the only way to release some of their tension.

People affected with OCD can get depressed and ashamed of their condition. Seeking treatment early is key to managing the situation.

What Are The Types Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD has been divided into mainly four categories. While there are other types of OCD, these are the most common.

Unwanted/Repetitive Thoughts

This category usually suffers from unwanted thought processes. These thoughts can be about violence and aggression. People with this form of OCD have a thinking obsession.

Contamination

As the name suggests, people with this OCD are afraid of being contaminated by dirt or germs. Thus, they are compelled to clean constantly.

For others, the problem of contamination might be mental. So, they might feel like dirt because of how they are treated by others.

Repeated Checking

This form of OCD is marked by an obsession to keep checking the state of other things.

People with this form of OCD find themselves checking alarms, locks, or switches repeatedly.

Ordering and Symmetry

People suffering from this form of OCD want things to be done in a particular way. For example, they might want their clothes to be arranged in the same pattern or books to be organized in the same order.

Not following this order causes them distress.

What Are The Symptoms Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Symptoms are classified as obsessions or compulsions. Obsessive symptoms of OCD include

Repetitiveness is the most important way of identifying a symptom. The persistence of these symptoms is also a determining factor.

People with OCD usually feel compelled to act on these thoughts because of their persistence.

Basically, compulsive actions follow obsessions. Most compulsions happen when a person now believes their obsessions to be true.

Following their compulsion is their way of relieving the stress that comes from obsessions.

What Are The Causes Of OCD?

There is no precise cause of OCD. However, certain factors can play a role. These are

Family History
People who have family members with OCD are more likely to get it. This risk increases when it’s a close family member.

Brain/Hormonal Imbalances
OCD has been linked to serotonin imbalances in the brain. This is the hormone responsible for regulating sleep and your mood.

Who Is More Likely To Have OCD?

Age
OCD can begin at any time from preschool to 40 years. However, it’s more common among young adults and teenagers.

Medical Condition
The presence of other mental health issues can also be a contributing factor. People suffering from depression, bipolar disorders, e.t.c. are more likely to have OCD.

Trauma/Extreme Stress
Extreme stress relating to work or personal life makes a person more likely to have OCD.

Childhood Abuse
People who had a tough or traumatic childhood have a greater chance of developing OCD. Brain injury and childhood acute neuropsychiatric symptoms are also contributing factors.

How Can You Manage OCD In A Child?

OCD symptoms in children might be slightly different. It’s also more difficult to spot these symptoms as they may appear milder in children.

The symptoms in children might cut across the different classifications for OCD. Tics are also early signs of OCD in children.

If you suspect your child is developing OCD, please contact your doctor immediately.

What’s The Difference Between OCD And OCPD?

OCD and OCPD are fundamentally different. While OCD involves obsessions and compulsions, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is more about control and attaining perfection. OCPD is characterized by the need to follow rules and orders, inflexibility towards morals/ethics, and extreme perfectionism.

How Is OCD Diagnosed?

An OCD diagnosis is usually done by a mental health expert. You can expect questions on

It’s normal for your doctor to run some tests to rule out other physical conditions or issues. They might also ask you about any current medications.

Because OCD shares similar symptoms with other mental health issues, misdiagnosis can happen.

Thus, your mental health expert needs all the necessary information for an accurate diagnosis.

What Are The Likely Treatments For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Therapy
Therapy usually involves psychotherapy. The treatment’s main aim is to rewire your thought process. Most doctors will use the exposure and prevention method to help you control your compulsions.

Other methods used include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

Medication
Medications that focus on serotonin in the body are useful against OCD. These medications are referred to as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

Popular ones include sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram. These drugs usually need to be taken for at least 2 months to see improvement. Other antipsychotics drugs like risperidone can also help.

Home Remedies
While they do not cure OCD, home remedies can help you handle your condition better. Some of them are

Is OCD Curable?

OCD has no known cure. However, symptoms can improve with treatment. So, to be able to properly manage your condition, starting treatment early is important.

When Should You See The Doctor?

If you notice any repeated signs of OCD, please contact your doctor immediately.

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I first opened an adult treatment center, California Prime Recovery(CPR) as a way to work with those struggling on a daily basis. Over the last 3 years, CPR has evolved into someting much more impactful and beautiful than i could’ve ever imagined. I have come to realize that my own happiness and growth depends on being involved in the lives of others in recovery. Helping people through recovery is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, and it has become the most important aspect of personal life. Giving back to those still suffering is the only way not to lose what you have gained.

Throughout this journey, and by mentoring many adolescents, I realized i wanted to offer more to teens who were struggling just as i was. This is when i decided to start OC Revive. I had built many wonderful relationships throughout my professional journey and found two others who shared the same vision, and passion that i had for the youth. It didn’t take long for myself, Tyler Michaelis, and Derek Walsh to turn our dream into a reality. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for adolescents and truly believe “their future is our collective responsibility”.

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As Co-Founder & COO of OC Revive, Derek has a wealth of personal and professional experience dealing with the issues faced by today’s troubled teen. Throughout High School and College, Derek struggled with peer pressure, learning challenges, and substance abuse. Working with the support of family and friends, Derek set out to conquer those obstacles and find a richer, more fulfilling life.

On 15 October 2012, Derek overcame his own substance abuse problem and dedicated himself to help others work through their own addiction. A year later, Derek began a new journey and started his career in the recovery industry. Throughout his career, Derek has worked his way through numerous roles at top-rated treatment centers. While working at those treatment centers, Derek began to see a pattern that those struggling individuals would’ve benefited immensely from receiving earlier in life.

Derek decided that he wanted to be a part of the solution, and find a way to address those issues at an earlier age. He concluded that there needed to be interventions before adulthood, and he didn’t want to see anyone going through the same cycle that he did. That was when he and Tyler Michaelis decided to start OC Revive, to make sure teens get the help they need to find a purpose that leads them to a life of happiness and success.

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Patrick is amental health and addiction professional that has a passion for recovery and helping others. He was inspired and encouraged by his mentors to work with individuals and families that have been affected by mental health issues, alcohol and drug addiction. He ahs been working in the field of addiction recovery for 19+ years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Patrick is also certified in Adult and Adolescent Anger Management. His Career in addiction treatment began in 2001 at the Betty Ford Center i Rancho Mirage CA. as an Addiction Specialist working on the inpatient campus and is the co-creator of Betty Ford Center’s “Young Adult Track” specializing in work with 18-25 year old Patients. he also excelled in working with addicted and impaired professionals in the “Replase and Recovery Program”.

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Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

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Matthew Lawler

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Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families