What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, long-term condition marked by thoughts that make you feel anxious (obsessions) and behaviours you engage in to reduce this anxiety (compulsions).
OCD can affect men, women and children. Some people start having symptoms early, often around puberty, but it usually starts during early adulthood.
Despite your best efforts, anxiety-provoking thoughts can preoccupy the mind and feel all-consuming. As with all mental health condidtions, some people will experience more symptoms than others.
For many, thoughts often centre on contamination by germs, or that someone will be harmed because of your negligence. You may see pictures in your mind of violent or sexual images which are completely out of character.
To help reduce the anxiety caused by these negative thoughts you may have rituals such as washing hands repeatedly, constant checking, and constantly asking for reassurance from others that everything is okay.
OCD can disable life to such a dramatic extent that depression can also be a problem, as well as damage personal and professional relationships.
OCD can be diagnosed if the obsessions and compulsions take up excessive amounts of time (approx. more than an hour), lead to significant distress and interfere with daily functioning in domestic life, study, work, social life, relationships.
OCD can be distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control. If you suffer from any of the issues listed, you may benefit from making an appointment with one of our therapists.
How Can Therapy Help?
Talking therapies are recommended by the NHS in the treatment of OCD as they have been proven to be highly successful in overcoming key symptoms.
Therapy for OCD involves working through a programme to control the obsessions and associated rituals that maintain the disorder.
In the safe and confidential environment of the therapy room, you and your therapist will begin to untangle anxiety from reality and fact automatic intrusive thoughts, breaking the cycle between these thoughts and damaging compulsions.
You and your therapist can explore the underlying causes to your OCD ensuring that these issues have been addressed to prevent future episodes.
All activities undertaken during the therapy session will be at your own pace, and you will not be made to undertake activities that you do not wish to do.
Key benefits of therapy for OCD:
- Helps you to understand the root causes of your OCD
- Examines the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that maintain the cycle of OCD
- Gain self-understanding and insight, including identifying triggers
- Develops tailor-made coping strategies to replace safety behaviours.
You’re Not Alone
If this sounds like your experience, then you may find it helpful to know that you are not alone; OCD is a very common reason that people seek therapy.
For more information, you can also learn all about our fantastic team of therapists here.
If you would like to leave OCD behind – we would like to invite you to contact us today. Call our friendly reception team now on 01892 249032 to schedule a free, no obligation, 15-minute phone consultation or book online via the button to the right.