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Mental Health.. A Primer

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a potentially debilitating anxiety disorder that is marked by repetitive thoughts and behaviors. Individuals suffering from OCD are plagued by recurring and unwanted thoughts and fears that they cannot control. For people with OCD, while these thoughts are persistent not doing them causes great distress. While the compulsive rituals may temporarily alleviate anxiety, the individual must perform the ritual again when the thought returns.

Repetitive behaviors including cleaning, checking on things and hand washing often interferes with one’s daily activities and social interactions. While most adults suffering from OCD may be aware of their obsessions and compulsions being irrational, yet they have a hard time stopping their compulsions or keeping their focus off their obsessions.

When left untreated, OCD can disrupt one’s life and can inhibit one’s ability to attend school, keep a job, and lead to social isolation. A comprehensive OCD treatment involves FDA-approved medications along with psychotherapy by trained healthcare professionals.

Symptoms of OCD

A mental health disorder, OCD affects people of all ages and from all areas of life. While obsessions can be defined as persistent thoughts that can cause anxiety or disgust, compulsions are repetitive behavior that a person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession. Although the compulsion may bring some relief to one’s worries, obsession soon returns repeating the cycle repeatedly.

While OCD usually includes both obsessions and compulsions, it is also possible for someone with OCD to experience only obsession symptoms or compulsion symptoms. Recurrent and persistent thoughts or impulses, obsessions can cause one to experience distressing emotions including anxiety or disgust.

Following are some of the typical obsessions.

  • Obsessions related to perfectionism
  • Excessive concern about harm or contamination
  • Obsessing about forbidden religious or sexual thoughts

Repetitive behaviors or mental acts, compulsions are behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress or a feared situation.

Following are some of the typical compulsions.

  • Repeatedly washing, bathing, or washing hands
  • Repeatedly checking things to reduce fear of harming
  • Ordering and arranging things in a particular manner

While not all habits are compulsions, someone with OCD symptoms cannot control his or her thoughts, spends at least one hour a day on these thoughts, and experiences significant problems in their lives.

Mental health disorders or problems can happen to anyone. Here at SovMentalHealth we make sure that you should not keep it under wraps anymore. With our life-saving right treatment program for struggling people we are working daily to  to facilitate your recovery. Sovereign Mental Health is built specially to get the support, help and treatment you need to make your life better.

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OCD: Causes and risk factors

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), about 1.2 percent of Americans suffer from OCD and occurs about equally in men and women of all races and socioeconomic background. A common anxiety disorder, OCD can affect children adolescents and adults alike. Although it often begins in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood, OCD symptoms appear by the age of 19.

While the exact causes behind OCD are not understood, as per healthcare professionals, it can be a combination of genetics and environmental factors.

Biological factors: According to research, people with first-degree relatives who suffer from OCD are at higher risk of developing the disease. Although it appears to run in families, genes appear to play only a partial role in causing the disorder. As per scientists, OCD can also arise from problems in the pathways of the brain that link areas dealing with planning and judgment with areas filtering messages involving body movements.

Environmental factors: Although environment stressors can trigger OCD in people with a tendency towards developing the condition, certain factors can also cause worsening of OCD symptoms. Some of these factors may include abuse, childhood trauma, illness, relationship issues, or death of a loved one. Studies also show a link between streptococcal infection and OCD. When left untreated the infection, also called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS), may lead to OCD and other disorders in children.

OCD Treatment: The Sovereign Way

Although OCD treatment may not result in a cure, medications combined with psychotherapy can help bring symptoms of OCD under control so as not to ruin one’s daily life activities.

At Sovereign Health, we offer all our patients’ evidence-based treatments clinically proven to be effective for a variety of mental health disorders. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), often considered the most effective treatment for OCD, Sovereign Health offers a variety of treatment options including individual and group therapies, neurofeedback, cognitive remediation technique, eTherapy, and experiential therapy.

Following are some of the evidence-based modalities offered at Sovereign Health.


Cognitive Remediation

Aimed at reducing cognitive defects and improving attention, memory, and executive functions, cognitive remediation technique is a non-pharmacological method of improving cognitive functions in people with severe mental illnesses. Aimed at improving a patient’s cognitive abilities, it targets neuropsychological areas of the brain involved in learning and basic day-to-day functioning.



A type of biofeedback, neurofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity to teach self-regulation of brain function. The technique works by re-training the brain to react differently to stimuli brought on by the external environment.


Experiential Therapy

With activities including guided imagery, role-playing, and the use of props, experiential therapy seeks to address hidden or subconscious problems of an individual. Some of the experiential therapies offered at Sovereign Health include meditation, yoga, art therapy, equine therapy, and rock to recovery program.



Ideal for patients seeking freedom and flexibility in managed care, eTherapy helps in making continuing care easy. A telehealth video conferring service, eTherapy connects the patient directly with a licensed caregiver in a safe and secure environment. For those less comfortable with a one-on-one therapy session or those just out of a care-intensive world of treatment, eTherapy can be extremely beneficial.

OCD treatment at Sovereign Health: Levels of Care

At Sovereign Health, we understand that not all patients require the same level of care and treatment. Depending on the severity of their primary symptoms and support system, our facilities offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs to all our patients.

    • Residential treatment center (RTC): Sovereign’s RTC offers its patients with 24/7 care and crisis intervention services in a safe and secure environment. Under RTC treatment, patients receive personalized and evidence-based care in a comfortable living facility. In addition to traditional therapies, treatment at RTC involves therapies including individual, group, and family therapies several times a week.
    • Partial hospitalization program (PHP): A medically supervised program, Sovereign’s PHP offers comprehensive and structured medically supervised care along with a series of structured, face-to-face therapeutic sessions to all its patients. PHP allows patients to live at home or in a sober living facility.
    • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): Considered one of the least intensive treatment programs, under Sovereign’s IOP patients receive professional care for a few hours a week, allowing them to manage other responsibilities. Suitable for patients who have completed residential treatment or do not require residential treatment, Sovereign’s IOP involves regular visits to our treatment facility over course of a week or month.

To ensure that everyone gets a chance to real and lasting recovery, we provide all our patients with as many financial options as possible. At Sovereign Health, we have streamlined the entire insurance process supervised by trained and professional staff that works with patients to determine their coverage and to address any of their financial concerns.

In addition to various mental health disorders, Sovereign Health provides evidence-based treatments for addiction and other co-occurring disorders. For more information on our OCD treatment programs please call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164. You can also chat live with our experts to know about our finest mental health rehabilitation centers, near you.

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Our continuing care program, T.E.A.M. (Technology Enhanced Aftercare Monitoring)

Our services and facilities are not restricted to just treatment of and recovery from addiction and mental health disorders. We also have a continuing care program- TEAM, Technology Enhanced Aftercare Monitoring. It continues to assist patients when they leave our facility to reintegrate into society by reducing the risk of relapse.


  • Assists the recovering individual in his or her return to normal life
  • Helps in dealing with stress, finding a healthy social network and resisting the craving for the substance that was abused whether it was a drug or alcohol
  • Encourages recovering individuals to participate in support groups or 12-step programs
  • Continued counseling and/or medications for several months or even years

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