nOCD - A New Age of OCD Treatment
As you know I do a lot of research on mental illness, not just for myself, but to help other people as well. I believe the more that we know, the better we are able to help end the stigma around mental illness/injury.
Recently I was approached by www.treatmyocd.com who created “nOCD;” a free mobilized personal treatment tool for OCD. They said they were interested in collaborating with me, as well as other mental health advocates to revolutionize the way people with OCD receive treatment.
I jumped at the task because there aren’t enough people talking about mental illness and the only way we’re going to end the stigma is by talking about it.
Before I start I think it'll help if I explain what OCD is to those of you that don't know and I’m going to refer to the “International OCD Foundation’s (IOCDF)” website,
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviours an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.”
Now, you’re probably thinking that there’s been times in your life when you’ve felt like you’re having obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviours, but that does not mean that we all have “some OCD.” The diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder only comes when the cycle of obsessions and/or compulsions becomes so extreme that it disrupts a person’s daily life.
According to the IOCDF “Obsessions are thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again and feel outside of the person’s control.”
In most cases, people with OCD realize that these thoughts, images or impulses don’t make any sense. They find the thoughts, etc., disturbing as well as confusing. “Obsessions are typically accompanied by intense and uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disgust, doubt or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is “just right.”
Living like this; with OCD, is extremely time consuming and it makes it really hard for a person to function because although these thoughts, etc. don’t make any sense, they get in the way of a person’s day to day life.
What makes it even harder for someone living with OCD, is that words like “obsessing” are commonly used terms and people don’t understand that using them makes a person struggling with the illness feel even less like a person, because it diminishes their struggle with OCD and it’s symptoms. Most people use the terms, “obsessing’ or “obsessed” around something that they love and can’t get enough of; then they move on.
The second part of this disorder are compulsions and the IOCDF describes them as “repetitive behaviours or thoughts that a person uses with the intention of neutralizing, counteracting, or making their obsessions go away.”
These compulsions are just as time consuming as the obsessions, if not more, but people with OCD rely on the compulsions as a “temporary escape.” They are not to be compared to learning a new skill that needs repetition and/or practice to get better at something, or a bedtime ritual. These compulsions are very real and like obsessions, get in the way of day to day living.
“In most cases, individuals with OCD feel driven to engage in compulsive behaviour and would rather not have to do these time consuming and many times torturous acts. In OCD, compulsive behaviour is done with the intention of trying to escape or reduce anxiety or the presence of obsessions.”
Before I go into detail about the app that ‘nOCD” has created, I want to talk a little more about the kind of treatment a person living with OCD has found to be beneficial. Hands down, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the form of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), taking certain kinds of medications called antidepressants, and getting support from a properly trained therapist will give a person about a 70% chance of living a relatively normal life with OCD.
According to the IOCDF, CBT is actually made up of a large group of therapy strategies. The most important strategy in CBT for OCD is called “Exposure and Response Prevention” (ERP). “Exposure” refers to confronting the thoughts, images, objects and situations that make you anxious. At first glance, this doesn’t sound right. You have probably confronted these things many times only to feel anxious over and over again. It is important to keep in mind that you have to do the second part of the treatment as well – Response Prevention.”
It’s all about not giving into the compulsive behaviour when you come in contact with it and I know it’s going to be hard, believe me. I don’t have OCD, but I have PTSD, and there are similiarities, so I know that I’m not suggesting an easy fix. But and it’s a big but, I have a helpful little app that is going to help you get through each day just a little bit easier.
Like myself, I know that you’ve tried lots of different things to help you live with a mental illness, but I really believe this app, along with therapy and medications, will help you to live a better life. Once you make a commitment to not give in to the compulsive behaviour until you see a drop in your anxiety, you will be well on your way.
Now, don’t get me wrong because it’s going to be really hard, but if there’s one thing I do know and it’s that living with a mental illness is hard, and that nothing in life; that is worth having, is easy. Plus, I’m going to make it less complicated for you by including the link to the site where you’re going to get the app that’s going to help you with Exposure Prevention Response (ERP) therapy, completely free!
So, now that we know a little more about OCD and the ways to treat it, I’m going to talk a little more about the app that the team at www.treatmyocd.com has created to help people living with OCD. It’s called “nOCD,” and it is fully customizable for people living with OCD. nOCD incorporates clinically proven OCD treatments, records real-time biometric data, tracks the different types of OCD episodes, and stores the information so that future treatments from a person’s Doctor can be customized to suit their needs.
nOCD offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the form of ERP and if you click on this link - nOCD app and you can download, and use the app for free!
And I know you’re probably thinking “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” but let me tell you that I’ve done all the research and it’s true! Just go here - nOCD app so you can upload the incredible app for free, and you’ll see that it’s true.
Stay safe, stay strong and make sure to let me know what you think of “nOCD.”