Best OCD Treatment In Salt Lake City
Approximately 2.3% of the population has OCD, which is about 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the U.S. This condition can affect one’s quality of life. Ketamine SLC offers safe and carefully monitored ketamine therapy as an alternative or supplemental anxiety treatment option. Call Ketamine SLC or schedule a consultation to learn how ketamine can relieve your anxiety symptoms.
Our clinic is paving the way in the treatment of OCD for Utah residents. Our staff is fully committed to helping each of our patients find relief and live their best lives. Our ketamine therapy has shown incredible results when other treatments have failed. We would like to invite you to learn more about the benefits of this treatment and discover if this therapy is right for you.
How Does Ketamine Treat OCD?
Ketamine has been a very successful modern treatment to combat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its side-effects.
Chemically it works differently than anti-anxiety medications of the past and the results are staggering. Patients have reported that they feel a loss of compulsion within a single treatment.
In a study at Stanford University one patient quoted, “I tried to have OCD thoughts, but I couldn’t.” The results are incredible, and the rapid effectiveness is revolutionary for people afflicted with this condition. If OCD is an issue in your life come in to Ketamine SLC for a free consultation.
More Information About OCD
Mental health treatments have expanded greatly in the last decade. Innovative new mental health treatments are discovered frequently, and treating mental health disorders is finally becoming more and more prioritized. OCD is one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability, and in the United States, about 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children have OCD. The first step to finding treatment for your OCD is to understand and learn more about your other mental health conditions.
OCD and co-occurring mental health conditions
The majority (90%) of the adults who had OCD at some point in their lives also had at least one other mental disorder. Conditions that are often comorbid with OCD include:
- Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, phobias, and PTSD
- Mood disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder
- Impulse-control disorders, including ADHD
- Substance use disorders
Categories of OCD
Although there are infinite forms of OCD, it has been traditionally considered that a person’s OCD will fall into one of these main categories, with themes often overlapping between categories too.
One of the most commonly presented types of OCD is “Checking OCD.” It’s typically shown in the media in the form of compulsive behaviors like locking and unlocking a door hundreds of times or flicking a light switch repeatedly.
These acts might seem ridiculous to some people, even humorous perhaps. But the truth is that someone suffering from OCD that displays such actions is typically riddled with anxiety, so much so that their personal life suffers tremendously.
They may, for example, engage in such compulsions for literally hours at a time, making it difficult or even impossible to maintain a job or social relationships.
Just like other compulsions, these types of OCD can be the result of obsessions that plague the mind of the sufferers.
What Are Some of the Checking OCD Symptoms?
These anxieties can be connected to a wide range of things resulting in behaviors like checking:
- Door and window locks
- Water taps
These types of OCD can also manifest in obsessive behaviors that seem unrelated to personal safety like:
- Re-reading documents obsessively before sending them to ensure nothing inadvertently offensive is included
- Checking in on loved ones over and over again
- Researching symptoms of a disease constantly
- Obsessing over information to make sure they don’t miss an important detail
- Asking for reassurance from loved ones that they weren’t offended by the sufferer’s remarks
ou may have seen representations of these types of OCD in movies like As Good As It Gets or Matchstick Men. Obsessive compulsive sufferers that have a contamination-related compulsion or obsession will typically be found washing themselves or their environment to an unhealthy degree.
They may, for instance, buy a large quantity of individually wrapped hand soaps, use each once, and open a new package every time they need to wash their hands.
Such behaviors are commonly driven by an extreme fear of contracting diseases through germs that may be clinging to surfaces.
For this reason, sufferers of these types of obsessive compulsive disorder may go to great lengths to avoid:
- The outdoors
- Contact with other people
- Public restrooms
- Door knobs and handles
A sub-category of the Contamination type of OCD, Mental Contamination is much the same as the physical contamination version. However, instead of physical germs being the source of an individual’s obsession is a type of internal uncleanliness.
In many cases, such uncleanliness is brought on by being psychologically hurt. If, for instance, these types of OCD sufferers are ridiculed by someone then they may spend hours upon hours engaging in compulsive behaviors like washing their bodies.
It’s the emotional damage, then, that causes the compulsions, not the fear of physical illness.
The above list categorizes the more common forms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and some of the fears associated with them. But this is by no means an exhaustive list and there will always be other OCD types not listed here. So if you’re experiencing distressing and unwanted obsessions or compulsions not listed here, this does not mean it is definitely not OCD, if these impact significantly on your everyday functioning this could still represent a principal component in the clinical diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and you should consult a doctor for a formal diagnosis.
Regardless of the type of OCD a person may be suffering with, the following three components are generally present, triggers, avoidance and reassurance, but what do they all mean?
To “ruminate” derives from the Latin root word ruminari which means literally ‘chewed over.’ And just how a cow ruminates on cud, chewing on a single chunk endlessly, someone with obsessive compulsive disorder may suffer from seemingly endless ruminations themselves.
Rather than grass though, their ruminations are on prolonged chains of thought on topics that might be entirely unproductive.
The differentiating characteristic here is that such thoughts aren’t really objectionable like intrusive thoughts. Instead, these types of OCD sufferers may spend hours upon hours each day indulging in such thoughts rather than trying to suppress them.
Unlike ruminations, intrusive thoughts are typically disturbing for the individual afflicted by them. They occur involuntarily and can be concerned with almost any variety of topics. These types of OCD sufferers may be bombarded with unwelcome thoughts concerning:
- Sexuality – Fear of being sexually attracted to members of the same sex, sexual thoughts about religious figures, fear of being attracted to children and family members, etc.
- Relationships – Obsessive need for approval, constantly doubting the faithfulness of a partner, over-analyzing a partner’s actions and feelings, etc.
- Magical Thinking – Fearing that thoughts directly influence unrelated events like the weather or a car crash. It may also lead people to believe thinking about an action will increase the likelihood that they’ll commit that action.
- Religion – An obsession with religious ritual like repeating prayers or kissing objects, believing that they have committed unknown sins and are destined for hell, a fear of defiling a religious location or custom, etc.
- Bodily Sensations (Sensorimotor OCD) – Hyperawareness of specific bodily functions like breathing, blinking, visual distractions, swallowing, or focusing intently on a single part of the body.
- Violence – Fears of carrying out violent acts against loved ones or innocent people, jumping in front of a train or other vehicle, poisoning people, etc.
- Symmetry and Order – Being obsessed with having everything “just right.” It could be pictures on a table, books on a shelf, keeping windows smudge-free, etc.
Due to the meteoric rise in popularity of shows related to this type of OCD, hoarding has become one of the most widely recognized types of obsessive compulsive disorder.
These types of OCD are characterized by:
- An inability to discard old, unusable items
- A compulsion to collect a large number of useless items
- Difficulty organizing these objects
These individuals will generally have homes that are littered with innumerable old and useless items, so much so that the hoarders themselves will typically only be able to use a very small part of their own home.
Old newspapers, used plastic bags, decaying food, and even human waste are just a few examples of material that a hoarder may be incapable of throwing away.
This tends to be one of the most dangerous types of OCD for a few reasons. First, an unhygienic environment can lead to contracting a number of different diseases, some of which can end up being fatal.
Beyond hygienic reasons though, the home of a hoarder may be difficult to navigate. As such, if the homes of sufferers of this type of OCD end up experiencing a fire, the individual may be unable to get out safely as a result of all the piled up materials.
The 3 Types of Hoarding
Hoarding can be broken down into three different categories:
- Sentimental Hoarding – This type of hoarder attaches a lot of emotional significance to each object, making it very difficult to ever get rid of it. In fact, they may begin to believe that discarding such an object may actually make it impossible to hold on to the memory associated with it.
- Deprivation Hoarding – This type of hoarding is characterized by being unable to throw away an item because they may need it in the future, no matter how unlikely such a situation really is. Only wearing one pair of shoes but owning fifteen others just in case, for instance, is one example of deprivation hoarding.
- Preventing Harm to Others Hoarding – Holding onto certain items like broken glass or even human waste because it might harm others is part of this type of hoarding. Even though such fears are irrational, these types of hoarders are trying to protect other people at the expense of themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions About OCD & Ketamine
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic anxiety disorder where a person experiences unreasonable, uncontrollable, or recurring thoughts followed by a behavioral response. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.
The following are four categories of OCD behaviors (called compulsions) and examples of each, according to Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psy.D., a psychologist based in California:
- Acting compulsive such as checking, handwashing, locking, moving objects, staring, praying, or seeking symmetry.
- Seeking reassurance from loved ones, typing a search in Google, or asking Siri.
- Avoiding triggers such as social interaction, objects, or walking around things.
- Mental compulsions such as repeating words, counting, mental checking, rumination, visualization, thought suppression, neutralizing (replacing an unpleasant thought with a pleasant one), and mental reviewing (reviewing past actions).
OCD can severely impact a person’s life in multifaceted ways. Left untreated, OCD can lead to other severe mental health conditions, such as anxiety and panic attacks, and depression. Untreated mental health conditions are also a significant source of drug and alcohol addiction. People will often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the distress of an untreated mental disorder. For people with OCD, compulsions can take up hours of a person’s time. They can miss school, work, and their personal and professional relationships can suffer under the weight of an untreated mental health condition.
Traditionally, OCD is treated with a combination of medication and therapy. However, the antidepressant medication used to treat OCD can take several weeks or months to build up enough in your system to reduce your symptoms.
Additionally, traditional antidepressants may cause intolerable side effects or not sufficiently reduce your symptoms.
At Ketamine SLC our team provides ketamine therapy for OCD. While most patients have a series of treatments, you may have a noticeable reduction in your symptoms after just one treatment, which can provide the mental clarity needed to focus on therapy.
- Fear of contamination
- Needing things orderly and symmetrical
- Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others
- Unwanted thoughts, including sexual or religious subjects
- Washing and cleaning
- Following strict routines
- Demanding reassurances
Ketamine provides relief from the symptoms of OCD within minutes, rather than the weeks typical medications and therapy may take. Traditional medications get many patient’s out the door, but do not actually address their OCDs.
The common final pathway of depression, OCD, anxiety, and PTSD is the despair induced by three neuro transmitters shutting down. This is signaled by the lateral habenula burst mode. These transmitters include dopamine and serotonin.
Only ketamine is known to reverse this burst mode and provide the dendritic repair that is essential for long term control of mental health conditions. thereby ending the condition’s symptoms.
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