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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder driven by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). 

    Typically OCD begins in childhood and tends to run in families. When extreme cases of OCD become severe and time-consuming, they can significantly distress or disrupt a person’s life.

    Diagnosing OCD

    Belmont utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to diagnosis your symptoms as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    Symptoms of OCD

    Common symptoms of OCD include:

    • Dread of being contaminated by germs or diseases
    • Superstitions about certain numbers or patterns
    • Thoughts that something terrible might happen if a task is not done correctly
    • Fear of throwing something away that might be important
    • Imagining having harmed people
    • Fears of succumbing to unwanted violent or sexual urges
    • Excessive religious thoughts

    The anxiety caused by these undesired obsessions can result in a patient seeking relief by conducting rituals (compulsions).

    Common compulsions include:

    • Excessive washing or cleaning
    • Repeating certain phrases or prayers a specific number of times
    • Ritualistically checking behaviors
    • Reorganizing things until they are perfect
    • Hoarding
    • Repeatedly performing the same action 

    Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Although many people with OCD recognize their fears are irrational, they cannot overcome their obsessions and compulsions on their own. Belmont Behavioral Health’s multidisciplinary staff will examine the patient to formulate an individual treatment plan.

    Addictions or Substance Abuse treatment is available for patients who suffer from both obsessive compulsive disorder and substance abuse.

    Medication. Therapies and rehabilitative services are very helpful for patients with OCD. At times antidepressant medications may be used as OCD treatment.

    Support. Belmont works to create a support system for its patients, who benefit greatly from family members who understand the disease and support the patient in the hospital and aftercare.

    Locations

    Mood Disorders Unit location

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, Pa 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357)
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    Visiting Hours
    Monday to Friday: 4 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Weekends and holidays: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Inpatient treatment for mood disorders

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Outpatient offices for mood disorder treatment

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-456-9850 
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    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-827-1520 
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    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    Offices 28 and 29, Second Floor West
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
    215-456-9850 
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    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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    Germantown Community Health Services
    Suite 136
    One Penn Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    215-951-8121 
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    Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization

    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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