It takes a lot of bravery, courage, and strength for an individual to admit that they are having issues with their mental health and may be struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). So when an individual does manage to get over the hurdle of asking for help, they must get the right diagnosis and the right type of mental health care they need.
Young people experience issues of mental health much more than many may realize. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), “Many adolescents experience positive mental health, but an estimated 49.5 percent of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.”
In 2022, the White House released a statement that addressed the issues with mental health care in the U.S. It read, “Our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages. Two out of five adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression.
It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all had those unwanted thoughts run through our minds at some point in our lives. Perhaps, it’s something embarrassing that happened to us years ago that we can’t let go of, but can also thankfully laugh about now.
Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly referred to as the Buddha, says “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” This is the precursor for the concept of “we are shaped by our thoughts.”
Elizabeth Gilbert continues her train of thought on managing her “monkey mind.” She writes, “From the distant past to the unknowable future, my mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, unharnessed and undisciplined. This in itself is not necessarily a problem; the problem is the emotional attachment that goes along with the thinking.”
12-Step recovery often discusses intrusive thoughts for those struggling with addiction as an “obsession of the mind.” What this means is that these intrusive thoughts can overtake all other rational thoughts. No matter the consequence, in active addiction, intrusive thoughts that focus on an obsessive need to use alcohol or other substances will always win out.
While there are many challenges in advocating for someone entering a detox program, these challenges are often compounded when that person is a family member or loved one. Many dynamics can get in the way of being the most helpful such as fear of resentment, creating a safe space in a shared living area, or having to set boundaries if a loved one isn’t willing to accept help.