South Boston’s Leading OCD Treatment Center for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in OCD treatment for adolescents. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

OCD Treatment

Learn more about OCD treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unwanted cycles of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Someone with OCD often has anxiety-fueled thoughts that quickly become frequent or obsessive. In order to alleviate these obsessive thoughts, the individual often practices compulsions, or impulsive behaviors or rituals, in hopes that their anxiety will decrease. Unfortunately, practicing such compulsions often only increases anxiety and perpetuates obsessive thoughts and worries.

Individuals with OCD often have a need for predictability or control, as they believe that by exercising control over their environment, they can manage their anxiety and predict unwanted outcomes. Individuals with OCD frequently obsess over rules, order, organization, moral justice, tidiness, religious purity, and/or perfectionism to a degree that it becomes crippling to everyday life. The thoughts of an individual with OCD are often not pleasurable or beneficial; rather, they are frequently intrusive, unwanted, and uncontrollable. The obsessive thoughts that are characteristic of OCD can range in nature. Some may be graphic, violent, or sexual, while others may be wholesome, moralistic, and pure.

As intrusive and obsessive thoughts are often the driving forces of OCD, individuals with this disorder tend to participate in compulsive behaviors in an attempt to relieve their forceful and unwanted thoughts. These compulsive behaviors are not singular events – they are often repeated, and usually bring little to no relief to their preceding obsessive thoughts. For example, a child who is deeply worried about being contaminated (either literally or figuratively) may frequently take showers or wash their hands in order to maintain their purity. Or, an adolescent who is obsessively worried about making straight A’s may repeatedly reread their assigned homework to make sure they comprehend everything before an exam. Some common compulsions associated with OCD include frequently bathing, repeating specific questions or words, checking and rechecking objects, rereading directions, and obsessively reciting prayers. OCD famously steals time. This disorder frequently interrupts schoolwork, impacts friendships, and threatens inner peace. Compulsions are characteristically time-consuming, lasting anywhere from an hour to several hours in a single day.

By seeking treatment for OCD at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, your child can learn to manage their obsessions and control their compulsions. When your child receives treatment for OCD at Southstone, they will work with compassionate professionals and start on the life-changing path of recovery.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for OCD at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Left untreated, OCD can lead to numerous life challenges. The obsessions and compulsions that accompany OCD are time-consuming, mentally draining, and emotionally exhausting. OCD is often a product of anxiety, which, if left untreated, can impact your child physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The greater their anxiety, the more difficult it is for your child to control their thoughts and combat their compulsions. OCD compulsions can distract your child from schoolwork, impair social interactions, and decrease self-confidence. Untreated OCD can severely limit your child’s time and energy. Because of the time-consuming – and sometimes distressing – nature of compulsions, your child’s academic performance may suffer, their friendships may falter, and their free time may disappear. You may notice that your child strives for perfectionism at the cost of their emotional detriment.

As a parent, watching your child suffer from OCD can be both confusing and heartbreaking. You may not understand their obsessions, or why they are unable to overcome certain thoughts or cease particular cognitive patterns. You may become frustrated by their inability to complete schoolwork efficiently, manage everyday anxiety, and process information in the way you predicted. It can be stressful as you try to understand why your child takes longer to complete particular tasks or why they often seem stuck inside their head. Although such feelings are understandable, you are not helpless in supporting your loved one. Pursuing OCD treatment for your child is the first step in their journey toward recovery.

When your child receives treatment at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, they can learn the necessary skills to cope with their anxiety, manage their obsessions, and control their corresponding compulsions. At the beginning of their treatment journey with us, your child will be assigned a personal treatment team – a group of qualified mental health professionals who are dedicated to your child’s unique recovery journey. Your child’s treatment team will seek to understand your child and their anxiety, along with any particular setbacks to their recovery. Their treatment team will then collaborate to develop a personalized plan of care that will feature a variety of therapeutic activities and educational modalities. The treatment plan will list objectives for your child’s time at Southstone and provide you with specifics regarding their recovery.

During treatment at Southstone, your child will learn to manage unwanted thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors. During sessions, our therapists frequently utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic modality that challenges distorted thinking patterns that often contribute to anxiety. By discussing these distorted thinking patterns with their therapist or another professional, your child can process the thoughts that often lead to their anxiety and better manage reactionary compulsive behaviors.

Our team of qualified professionals offers trauma- and attachment-based care. Your child’s therapist may trace back their unwanted, intrusive, or anxious thoughts to an earlier time in life or a particular past event that triggers fear or unease. By processing past events, your child may better control their base fears and perhaps prevent their impulse-based behaviors in response to those fears. Our team of therapists uses evidence-based treatment tools to positively reinforce behavioral changes and offer effective methods for replacing unhelpful behavioral patterns.

Types of Treatment

Types of OCD treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

At our residential treatment center in South Boston, Virginia, we proudly offer a host of unique treatment services and therapeutic modalities to provide your child with a comprehensive treatment experience. We base your child’s plan of care on their individual needs, goals, and experiences. While every adolescent’s treatment plan is different, your child’s stay at Southstone may include some of the following services:

  • Diagnostic screenings and evaluations
  • Family therapy
  • Speech-language services
  • Vocational education
  • Community-based activities
  • Individual therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management services
  • Special education
  • Group therapy

If you have any questions about any of the services we offer at Southstone, feel free to contact us at your convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to provide you with more information.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for OCD

At Southstone, we recognize that controlling symptoms of OCD may be a lifelong process, and that hope and resilience are key components to continued recovery. With this in mind, we equip adolescents for progressive results even after they leave our campus. We challenge distorted thinking patterns, reinforce positive behaviors, and encourage the regulation of emotions. Our knowledgeable staff provides adolescents ages 11-17 with learned skills to continue their treatment journeys at home. One way that we ensure a seamless transition is through creating a discharge plan.

From the time that your child starts treatment with us, their treatment team will begin to develop their intensive discharge, or aftercare, plan. Similar to their treatment plan, your child’s discharge plan may be adjusted according to their individual progress and changing needs during their stay with us. Your child’s discharge plan will include specific details on how best to maintain their recovery after they leave our campus. Their discharge plan may include a variety of elements, such as a list of mental healthcare contacts or other referrals in case your child needs further step-down support following their time with us. The staff at Southstone will remain in contact with each adolescent and their family for the following six months after they leave our campus, ensuring the stability of their discharge plan.

If you believe that your child may be suffering from OCD and could benefit from residential treatment on our campus, call Southstone today.