“Trauma creates pain you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change that you do choose.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often occurs in individuals who have gone through a traumatic event, such as an accident, a natural disaster, or from victimization of a crime. Going through a traumatic event is distressing, and the traumatic effects can linger long after a traumatic event has passed. If you have PTSD, you may experience flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, paranoia, social anxiety, and more.
According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point during their lifetime. There are many ways that individuals with PTSD may attempt to cope when experiencing symptoms, some of which can develop into another disorder, such as OCD. With both PTSD and OCD, a person may have intrusive, distressing thoughts that cause them to engage in behaviors that help reduce the anxiety they are experiencing from having these thoughts. With PTSD, a person may be sure to avoid certain people, places, or things that remind them of the traumatic event, With OCD, a person may check, place things in a certain order, wash things many times, hoard things, and more.
For some people with PTSD, engaging in ritualistic OCD behaviors can make them feel more in control when they may otherwise feel as though they have no control. A 2014 study published in the journal Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine examined many studies that had previously been conducted on PTSD and OCD, and found that traumatic histories have a significant enough overlap with OCD that trauma-related OCD should certainly be considered.
Recovery from both PTSD and OCD is possible, however. Reputable treatment centers can provide amazing tools and resources to help you overcome some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Having both disorders is considered a dual diagnosis, so it’s also important that you seek a treatment program that can tend to these needs. If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a reputable treatment center to learn more about your options and how various programs could be of benefit to you. Seek the help you need today.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.