Geisinger Behavioral Health Centers

Moosic’s trusted OCD disorder treatment center

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is a complex mental health disorder characterized by intrusive and unwanted thoughts and corresponding repetitive behaviors. These thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) can significantly impact someone’s mental well-being and quality of life.

At Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast in Moosic, Pa., we understand the profound impact of untreated OCD and the urgent need for effective intervention. Our acute inpatient treatment program is designed to provide comprehensive support for adults ages 18 and older and adolescents ages 13 to 17 (coming fall of 2024). We’re committed to guiding our patients toward healing, empowering them to regain control of their lives and find lasting relief from the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Signs and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Most people have occasional worries or negative feelings. But people who have OCD have persistent, time-consuming and upsetting thoughts that negatively impact their daily lives. To silence these obsessive thoughts, they might perform compulsive or repetitive behaviors to alleviate feelings of anxiety.

Examples of intrusive thoughts include:

  • Crippling fear of contamination or germs
  • Intrusive thoughts of self-harm or harm to others
  • Persistent doubts and uncertainty
  • Obsessive concern with order or symmetry
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts or intrusive images
  • Constant worry about or preoccupation with illness
  • Superstitious beliefs or overwhelming concern with luck or numbers

Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive cleaning or washing rituals, such as repeatedly washing hands, showering or cleaning household items
  • Checking and rechecking locks or personal items to make sure that they are secure
  • Counting or arranging objects in a specific order or pattern
  • Repetitive touching or tapping of objects or surfaces a certain number of times
  • Mental rituals, such as silently repeating specific words or phrases
  • Repeating routine actions, such as sitting down and standing up, or turning lights on and off multiple times
  • Repeatedly asking for reassurance from others to alleviate doubts or fears

If you or someone you love shows signs or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, we encourage you to seek professional help. At Geisinger Behavioral Health Center, patients can find evidence-based support and begin the journey toward happier, healthier futures.

Causes of and risk factors for OCD

Researchers haven’t identified a singular cause of OCD. But it’s believed that a combination of genetic, environmental and physical factors may increase the risk for developing obsessive-compulsive disorder. Common risk factors include:

  • Neglect or abuse in childhood
  • Experiencing a traumatic event, like war or assault
  • Having a parent, sibling or other close relative who has OCD
  • Childhood exposure to certain viruses or bacteria
  • Gender, because females are diagnosed with OCD more frequently than males

These factors are associated with an increased risk but don’t guarantee the development of OCD. Everyone has different OCD symptoms, and only a professional can provide a diagnosis and treatment.

How does OCD treatment work?

Despite OCD’s impact on daily life, many people wait years to seek treatment. But If you have OCD, you may find that an inpatient treatment program can help you achieve improved quality of life and stabilize your symptoms.

Participants in Geisinger Behavioral Health Center’s OCD inpatient treatment program can attend group, individual and experiential therapy sessions. These sessions are led by a compassionate multidisciplinary team of professionals that may include:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Licensed nurses
  • Case managers
  • Creative arts therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Peer supports
  • Behavioral health technicians

All therapy sessions are guided by principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and 12-Step treatment methods.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on helping people who have OCD identify and then confront harmful or inaccurate beliefs. This process can provide people with the tools and strategies to challenge obsessive thoughts, reduce anxiety and break free from the cycle of compulsive behaviors.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy emphasizes mindfulness by helping people who have OCD find a greater sense of control of obsessive thoughts. DBT can also teach people how to tolerate distressing emotions without resorting to compulsive behaviors.
  • Motivational interviewing techniques can be helpful for people who have OCD by allowing them to explore and resolve any uncertainty toward change. MI is a counseling approach that can help people gain a better understanding of the pros and cons of maintaining their current behaviors versus making changes.
  • 12-Step programs provide a structured framework that includes specific steps and guidelines for personal growth and change. This structure can help people who have OCD establish routines, set goals and work toward making positive changes in their lives. The accountability within the group can also promote motivation and encouragement to stay committed to their personal well-being.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex condition that often requires a combination of treatment methods. Comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs, like those offered at Geisinger Behavioral Health Center, can help people who have OCD learn emotion regulation skills, gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors, and build healthier lives.

Why seek treatment for OCD?

By seeking treatment, you may avoid or mitigate issues like:

  • Impaired work or academic performance
  • Health problems
  • Financial difficulties
  • Strained relationships
  • Increased risk for developing other mental health disorders
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

People who have OCD often withdraw from social interactions and loved ones. At Geisinger Behavioral Health Center, we want you to know that you aren’t alone. With the right interventions and a compassionate support system, you can regain control of your life and cultivate a brighter future.

OCD treatment in Moosic, Pennsylvania

Geisinger Behavioral Health Center, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, offers comprehensive inpatient treatment for adults ages 18 and older (adolescents ages 13 to 17 coming summer of 2024) who have OCD.

We recognize that every patient is unique, which is why our OCD treatment program is individualized to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to help patients regain control of their lives and leave our program with improved health, confidence and resilience. Our admissions team is available 24/7 to answer your questions about OCD treatment.

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast.