Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

If you experience Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) you will likely recognise it can be quite a significant challenge to manage.  Clearly the severity and intensity of OCD varies between each person. Some may suffer mild to moderate symptoms that effect their ability to complete normal activities in their day in a timely manner.  Others in contrast maybe debilitated so much that they are unable to work due to the suffering they experience. Our psychologists will look for three important factors in working with an OCD sufferer: firstly are there obsessional thoughts, secondly do compulsions follow these thoughts as a neutralising effect in some ritualised repetitive pattern and finally does the interaction between the obsessive and compulsive cycle take alot of time, and impact on the opportunity for the sufferer to participate in valued based activity, such as spending time with friends and family, completing fun and enjoyable things in their life and or being able to complete everyday tasks without the person becoming intensely overwhelmed.

The more common ritualised compulsions are cleaning, organising, hand and or body washing, checking (doors and locks for example) and counting of things.  Often this will take more than a hour of the person’s day.  They usually realise that what they are doing does not make sense and if they could change it they would.  But the levels of distress and anxiety becomes so overwheleming that they remain trapped in the OCD cycle.  Importantly some people may not have observable compulsive behaviours but rather it may all occur within the person’s head.  For example with counting.  It may not be possible to see the person’s outward struggle, as it all happens within the confines of their mind.

In our initial assessment we can determine what your needs are and how we introduce the most appropriate treatment option for you.  So if you relate to many of the patterns identified above consider seeing your GP for a referral. OCD often works well with either a CBT or ACT approach.  For more information see Our Approach and if you feel that we can be of support give us a call and make an appointment. 


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