How do Psychiatry Services Help With Mental Health Issues?

Helping someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be difficult without professional guidance and treatment. OCD is a mental health disorder and experts aren’t sure what causes it. Before loved ones can help, it’s important to understand what OCD is and to detect the symptoms early.

OCD can affect anyone of any age. It’s characterized by compulsive and/or obsessive behaviors, thoughts or images that repeatedly occur. It’s stressful for those with the disorder and individuals often develop rituals or behaviors to alleviate the stress.

It’s distinctly different than habit a habit. OCD permeates an individual’s everyday life and can be so severe that it interferes in productive behaviors.

Recognizing Symptoms

Individuals may notice that their loved one engages in repetitive behaviors, is perpetually late, or spends an excessive amount of time accomplishing tasks such as getting dressed. They may also seek constant reassurance about their decisions and judgement.


People with OCD don’t respond well to change, strife and upheavals. Be understanding of the changes that the individual is experiencing and supportive. Adjust expectations, but that doesn’t mean expecting nothing of the person with OCD.

Comparisons and Improvements

Avoid reminding loved ones of their behaviors, actions and function level before being diagnosed with OCD. A kind reminder of how much progress they’ve made obtains better results. Even small successes are significant for people with OCD.

Supportive Environment

This means avoiding criticism of the individual. Their behaviors are the result of OCD – not a personal choice. Calmly remind the person that they need to resist and loved ones aren’t going to facilitate those behaviors. Try to distract them. Individuals may have to be firm about how the compulsions affect the one with OCD and others. Be sensitive to their mood, as it has a bearing on OCD behavior.


Those with OCD will benefit from the assistance of a mental health professional. Symptoms and severity varies widely among people. Individuals with OCD progress and get better at their own pace and that’s different for everyone. Encourage those with OCD to take any medications as prescribed. Notify the mental health professional if adverse side effects develop.

It can sometimes be helpful to attend sessions with the loved one if they permit it. Remember that it’s important for loved ones and those with OCD to have some time away from each other to maintain healthy relationships.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.