Intensive OCD and Eating Disorders TreatmentCastlewood stands out from most facilities because of our dedication to treating OCD and eating disorders simultaneously and intensively. Clients with both a significant anxiety disorder, as well as an eating disorder, need an individualized plan that provides equal attention to each issue. As eating disorder symptoms improve, it is not unusual for the anxiety symptoms to worsen. If only the eating disorder is addressed during active treatment, then after discharge the anxiety symptoms can escalate to the point that eating disorder recovery is negatively impacted. For this reason, all Castlewood clients with eating disorders and OCD (or other types of anxiety issues) receive simultaneous treatment from a dedicated staff of skilled anxiety therapists and eating disorder clinicians.
Understanding Eating Disorders and OCDOCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder. OCD is characterized by having obsessions or compulsions that are so severe that they interfere with daily life. Obsessions are persistent and intrusive thoughts and ideas. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors (rituals) that are used in order to relieve the distress that someone is feeling. For some people, food and eating behaviors are used to control the severe feelings of anxiety that they experience.
Some commons compulsions seen in clients with OCD and Eating Disorders include:
- Weighing multiple times a day
- Body checking compulsions
- Extensive food rituals
- Compulsive hand or body washing
- Compulsive behaviors unrelated to food or weight as would be typical of a client with OCD and no eating disorder
Clients with eating disorders and OCD may frequently have obsessions including:
- Fear of gaining weight or “being fat”
- Self-loathing thoughts related to body size or a particular body part
- Obsessive worry related to appearance or clothing
- Fear of food or germ contamination
- Obsessions unrelated to food, body or weight as seen in someone suffering from OCD without an eating disorder