Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Youth Care Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Youth Care Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Causes and Effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Youth Care Treatment Center and school has helped teens with OCD all over the United States for 30 years. Our unique approach is based off of solid morals and beliefs to help adolescents be successful in turning their lives around.

Understanding OCD

Learn about OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a destructive and distressing mental illness that can cause a variety of challenges and hindrances in an individual’s life, no matter his or her age. Defined by pervasive anxious feelings and intrusive obsessions and compulsions, OCD can stop young individuals from being able to carry out even the simplest of tasks.

The obsessive thoughts that are included in OCD can ruminate in a young individual’s mind until something is done from a behavioral standpoint to decrease the anxiety brought on by these thoughts. However, regardless of the actions or measures taken by the sufferer to reduce his or her anxiety, obsessions rarely go away. The compulsive aspect of OCD can cause a young individual to give in to urges and participate in ritualistic behaviors as a means of lessening anxiety.

Luckily, children and adolescents with OCD do not have to stay trapped in this pattern of having obsessions and giving in to compulsions. There are appropriate and effective options for care that can help reduce the symptoms of OCD and help young individuals obtain skills that will help them cope with overwhelming anxiety. Parents and caregivers of these young individuals who provide treatment will help them understand that it is possible to live a life that is not burdened by intrusive thoughts, anxieties, and repetitive behaviors.

Statistics

OCD statistics

While the common age of onset of OCD is 19, young individuals under that age have been known to struggle with this mental health condition. Roughly 25% of those who experience symptoms linked to OCD show signs and symptoms around age 14. It has been determined through research that children of pre-school age can also struggle with symptoms of OCD.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for OCD

To fully understand the causes behind an OCD diagnosis, it is important to know how genes, one’s physiological composition, and one’s environment can impact the development of this disorder. The following, as well as other risk factors, can serve as influences that can lead to the development of OCD in a child or adolescent:

Genetic: If a child or adolescent has a biological parent who has OCD, his or her likelihood of developing those symptoms are high. Possessing a family history of specific anxiety disorders can also cause a young individual to be more susceptible to showing symptoms of OCD. This disorder does in fact hold a genetic component.

Physical: The obsessions and compulsions included in OCD have the potential to impact specific chemicals in the brain. Neurotransmitters that control emotions and help an individual with his or her impulses are negatively affected when these chemicals become imbalanced. When this occurs, symptoms of OCD can develop.

Environmental: Traumatic experiences or being the victim of neglect and/or abuse can bring on the development of OCD. In addition, other environmental influences, like the lack of a caregiver’s presence during the early stages of a child’s development, can lead to the onset of these symptoms. This is believed by developmental specialists who have recognized these environmental factors in the lives of those who have OCD.

Risk Factors:

  • Exposure to chronic stress or trauma
  • Being the victim of crime
  • Having caregivers who were not involved during childhood
  • Partaking in unhealthy relationships
  • Experiencing the unexpected loss of a loved one
  • Experiencing abrupt life changes
  • Personal history of being abused or neglected
  • Having a poor support system
  • Family history of obsessive-compulsive disorder or other mental health condition(s)
  • Personal history of another mental health condition(s)

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of OCD

When a child or an adolescent struggles with OCD, he or she often battles obsessions and compulsions. Sometimes, however, a young individual will be challenged with one set of symptoms more than the other. It is critical to recognize either type of symptoms and obtain appropriate treatment so that a young individual with the following symptoms can obtain relief:

Obsessive symptoms: Below are the obsessive symptoms of OCD. These symptoms are often unwanted and can cause an individual to engage in compulsive behaviors:

  • Overwhelming feelings of responsibility for others
  • Irrational, excessive, and specific worries about arrangement or symmetry of objects
  • Intense fears pertaining to risk of contamination
  • Impulsions to be aggressive, though these impulsions are more ideas than actions
  • Disturbing thoughts that are graphic in nature

Compulsive symptoms: The compulsive symptoms of OCD, which include behaviors that are aimed to reduce one’s anxiety, can include:

  • Repeatedly washing one’s hands or bathing
  • Hoarding
  • Ritualistic eating habits
  • Spending a great deal of time rearranging items
  • Excessive cleaning
  • Frequently checking to make sure something remains in a state that eases perceived anxiety
  • Repetitious speech
  • Frequently checking to make sure something has been done

Effects

Effects of OCD

Failing to seek treatment for the symptoms of OCD can be severely damaging to an individual’s wellbeing. If OCD symptoms remain or become worse, the following effects can develop, which can add even more challenges to a child or adolescent’s life:

  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Attempts at suicide
  • Development of another mental health condition
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Inability to obtain and maintain steady employment
  • Development of a substance abuse problem
  • Decline in academic functioning
  • Academic failure

Co-Occurring Disorders

OCD and co-occurring disorders

The obsessive and compulsive symptoms of OCD can lead to the development of other mental health conditions. This is because OCD can trigger the onset of symptoms consistent with other mental health issues. In addition, some mental disorders can cause the symptoms of OCD to become noticeable over time. Below are some co-occurring disorders that are known to exist alongside OCD:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Tic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Depressive disorders

Marks of Quality Care
  • AdvancED
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

Now I can sleep at night. My son is safe and finally moving forward after three other residential facilities and weekly therapies of all kinds - for years - in three different countries.

– Linda C.