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OCD Treatment for Women at Hannah’s House


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Women with OCD may experience obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions are repetitive thoughts, urges, or mental images. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors due to obsessive thoughts.

Symptoms of OCD

Although everyone can have repetitive thoughts and habits, women with OCD have uncontrollable thoughts or unenjoyable behaviors that take hours and significantly impact work, school, and personal relationships. This is why proper OCD treatment is crucial to experiencing a good quality of life.

Common Obsessions:

  • Worries about personal safety
  • Concern that others will get hurt
  • Fear of germs
  • Taboo thoughts involving religion, sex, or harm
  • Aggressive thoughts
  • Needing things to be perfect or symmetrical
  • Constant awareness of breathing or blinking

Common Compulsions:

  • Excessive hand washing or cleaning
  • Repeated checking (that the oven is off or the door is locked)
  • Arranging things in a precise way
  • Compulsive counting
  • Fear of shaking hands, touching doorknobs, or using public restrooms

Many people with OCD are aware these unenjoyable habits and thoughts make little sense. Without OCD treatment, they cannot quit because if they stop the compulsive behaviors, the obsessive thoughts return.


Other OCD Symptoms

Motor or vocal tics may include:

  • Eye blinking
  • Grimacing
  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Head or shoulder jerking
  • Throat clearing
  • Sniffing
  • Grunting

Addiction and OCD in Women

Symptoms of OCD in women may appear and disappear. Some women describe that the obsessions may ease with time or worsen. They may avoid certain OCD-triggering situations or use alcohol to cope.

Integrated Treatment is Key

Comprehensive programming designed by Hannah’s House provides the necessary integrated therapeutic resources to help women heal physically, mentally, and spiritually.

A comprehensive treatment plan should include:

  • Evidence-based therapies
  • Medical care (including medication, when appropriate)
  • Psychiatric services and ongoing care
  • Case management
  • Spiritual care services
  • Life skills training
  • Continuing care planning

Hannah’s House provides individualized OCD treatment plans that address co-occurring disorders like OCD while considering every aspect of a woman’s well-being. At Hannah’s House, each patient participates in a comprehensive behavioral health assessment. This thorough assessment provides a basis for customized treatment plans.

Although substance use may mask some OCD symptoms in women, long-term use can interfere with treatment, exacerbate symptoms, and harm supportive relationships. To be effective, OCD must be treated simultaneously, in the exact location, and by the same treatment team. Our multidisciplinary team meets daily to collaborate on solutions and improve long-term outcomes.

Women Can and Do Recover

Hannah’s House utilizes research-based therapies and OCD treatment interventions to help treat people living with co-occurring diagnoses like OCD. At Hannah’s House, we understand that co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and require coordinated treatment. Call us today at 866-952-5532.

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