Ozark Trails Academy understands that you want to find help now for your teen boy or girl who struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Give us a call to learn about the effective therapies we use at our residential treatment center and boarding school. (385) 352-3371
What is OCD?
We can help your teen boy or girl as he or she deals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an anxiety disorder characterized by unwelcome and continual thoughts, feelings, ideas and sensations.
A teen’s nonstop cycle of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) leads to attempts to defuse them by engaging in compulsive actions. Even though he or she will know that the thoughts or behaviors are disproportionate, your teen will get only fleeting reprieve by performing the compulsive behaviors.
This can be even more anxiety-producing, with fear of germs, illness disease, mistakes, insistence on symmetry or precision, undesired urges to hurt someone, or unacceptable sexual thoughts.
A teen’s usual compulsions may be excessively ritualistic, like repeatedly counting or saying specific words, repetition of everyday activities (in/out of a doorway, turning on/off the stove, open/closing a drawer), hoarding (especially items with no visible value), consumption of foods in a precise order.
*Note: while sometimes used interchangeably, OCD is not to be confused with OCPD, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. An OCD sufferer has unwanted thoughts and understands they are senseless, while an OCPD sufferer believes his or her thinking to be appropriate and natural.
Helping Teens With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Why We’re Here
If not treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, your teen might suffer additional problems (although not all caused directly by OCD): depression, eating or anxiety disorders, poor quality of life and suicidal thoughts (or behavior).
Cognitive behavior therapy is most efficient, often in conjunction with medication, in helping him or her confront OCD unease and anxieties in healthy ways. Anti-depressants (particularly ones that interact with the brain’s serotonin production) may also be useful in mitigating symptoms of OCD.
Ozark Trails—A Place of Hope, Healing and Purpose for Troubled Teens
Ozark Trails is an affordable residential treatment center that provides outstanding clinical therapy, incredible academic learning, and amazing outdoor responsibility and adventure for teen girls and boys, ages 12-17. Our program is family focused, and students receive individual treatment care by licensed clinical therapists.
Ozark Trails rests on 750 acres near Willow Springs, MO. Daily life and therapy here includes working with horses, chickens, farming, rafting, spelunking, rock climbing, hiking, wilderness learning, and so much more. With an unlimited access to spring rivers, caves, hiking, equine, and biking trails, we have the perfect balance of nature, inclusive of a large, comfortable facility to let our students feel safe in a home environment.
Again, if your teen boy or girl needs help recovering from OCD, please call us at (385) 352-3371 now. We want to help him or her find new positive ways to manage life’s obstacles and traumas, and discover a true change of heart.