What does an OCD Emergency look like?

An OCD emergency arises when the suffering person has extreme practices and distress that leads to self harm or harm to others. The person indulges in behaviors that can cause extreme distress to self and loved ones. This requires immediate medical attention and psychiatric intervention.

Whom should I contact during an OCD emergency?

During an emergency situation caused by OCD, your first option could be contacting an emergency psychiatric service. If there is a medical situation like self harm or physical distress that requires medical attention for the safety of the patient then a general emergency helpline is the best option and then you can continue to receive treatment from a psychiatric team.

What interventions are used during an OCD emergency?

Psychological therapy is a type of treatment that helps you confront your anxieties and intrusive thoughts without resorting to compulsions to “fix” them.

medicine – commonly an antidepressant medication that works by rebalancing the neurotransmitters in your brain.

What to do to stay in control during an OCD emergency situation?

  • Control your anxiety. OCD can be exacerbated by stress and worry.
  • Consider using a relaxing method. When you’re stressed, concerned, or busy, meditation can help you take care of your health.
  • Try focusing on the present moment. You could see that your CBT therapist incorporates some mindfulness techniques into your treatment.

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