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’). These are followed by impulsive actions (known as ‘compulsions’) to alleviate anxiety. Obsessions often 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.
Common obsessive thoughts include:
- Fear of contamination by germs
- Fear of losing control (often leading to harm of self or others)
- Intrusive explicit or violent thoughts/images
- Excessive thoughts on morality
- Fear of losing things you may need one day
- Order and Symmetry
- Excessive attention to supersitions
- Common Impulses include:
- Double checking things (e.g. locks, appliances, switches)
- Repeatedly checking in on loved ones for safety
- Counting, tapping or repeating certain words
- Excessive cleaning or washing
- Ordering and arranging things “Just so”
- Excessive praying or rituals triggered by religious fear
- Accumulating “junk” such as old food containers or newspapers
Our team of qualified clinicians 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. We can help you learn how to manage your symptoms through various types of treatments and techniques. Please read our team bios or contact our admin team to discuss your needs and the best match for you.
As with most things that impact our lives strongly, the best approach is to seek out help sooner rather than later. No matter how long you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, it is never too late to start taking your life back from chronic anxiety. If any of the above sounds familiar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to set up an appointment.