What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
OCD is an anxiety-based condition, in which a person experiences repetitive and distressing thoughts or images (known as ‘obsessions’), which are followed by forced actions (known as ‘compulsions’) to alleviate anxiety. Obsessions feel out of control, involuntary, intrusive and are disturbing. Although the individual usually recognises that obsessions do not make sense, these obsessions take up much time and lead to considerable anxiety. Typically, a person will carry out a compulsion following an obsession in order to reduce the anxiety.
Psychologists at The Mental Health Company can assist clients with significant difficulties encountered by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Speaking to our psychologists can help determine what treatment is suitable for you. OCD may considerably diminish a person’s well-being and functioning and cause significant interference in work, relationships, and routine so treatment with a Psychologist is advised to help manage symptoms. We provide most effective treatment for OCD, cognitive-behavioral therapy. This will not only help break your habit of responding to compulsive behaviour but improve your self-esteem, energy and time.
How We Can Help
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:
A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach is useful for OCD. A number of useful strategies will be taught, in order to approach compulsions in more helpful ways. Similarly, belief in and ‘hooking onto’ obsessions will be systematically questioned. You will be trained in a variety of strategies to enable you to move on from these obsessions in small and manageable steps. For some people, it may be useful to explore any possible influence of childhood experiences, traumas or loss contributing to the OCD.
Find out more about cognitive behaviour therapy here.