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Dr. Stephanie Eken discusses one effective way to respond to someone with OCD seeking reassurance, and the difficulties of separating typical reassurance from behaviors that are symptomatic of OCD.
Patients with OCD will often seek reassurance. Rogers’ Dr. Mark Rossing, medical director OCD and anxiety adult residential care, shares the best ways to respond.
Assuring a patient can help build trust. Rogers’ Dr. Mark Rossing, medical director OCD and anxiety adult residential care, explains when reassurance is not healthy when treating someone with OCD.
While it is understandable that patients seek reassurance from clinicians about their diagnosis, symptoms, and medication, this may also be a symptom of OCD. Dr. Stephanie Eken discusses the importance of helping patients understand that the reassurance they are seeking is related to OCD.
Reassurance at key points during treatment is to be expected; however, for patients with OCD, continuing to provide this reassurance beyond a certain point may negatively impact the treatment they are receiving.
Rogers’ Dr. Mark Rossing, medical director OCD and anxiety adult residential care, explains what healthy reassurance looks like when treating patients with OCD.
OCD often presents at a young age, though a diagnosis may not be made until adulthood. Children and adolescents with OCD may deal with their struggles in different ways, with children often exhibiting disruptive behaviors like aggression and meltdowns, and adolescents keeping their struggles to themselves.
Though improvements have been made in diagnosing individuals with OCD sooner, many people who show symptoms of OCD as children are not diagnosed until adulthood. Dr. Stephanie Eken explains how clinicians are working to diagnose patients earlier in life so they can receive effective treatment, like exposure and response prevention (ERP).
People often suffer from OCD for many years before they receive treatment. Rogers’ Dr. Mark Rossing, medical director OCD and anxiety adult residential care, shares the most common ages when someone is diagnosed.
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