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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety disorder. People suffering from OCD experience repeated intrusive thoughts, images, or desires, as well as obsessions and repetitive rituals. People with OCD are normally aware that their symptoms are irrational and excessive, but they find the obsessions and compulsions uncontrollable.OCD is often misinterpreted and can be incredibly distressing for both the person suffering from it and their family and friends.

 

OCD comes in two different parts -Obsessions are repetitive, involuntary thoughts, images, or impulses. Although they don’t want to act on these intrusive thoughts, they can’t stop them. Such as obsessed with being clean, fear of losing control and harming yourself or others. On the other hand, there are Compulsions – these are behaviours or actions driven to get rid of your obsessions. For example, if you are germaphobic, you might develop a constant cleaning ritual.

Some symptoms of OCD include:

  • A need for symmetry and order
  • Excessive paranoia and doubt
  • Inappropriate sexual thoughts 
  • Regularly washing of hands or other body parts.
  • Refusing to touch things they feel are dirty
  • Excessive and repeated interest in routines, plans or patterns
  • Doing things in a specific order or method.

 

People with OCD typically experience some, but not necessarily all, of these symptoms.   Compulsions and obsessions can consume hours of a person’s day and disrupt relationships. They may also have an impact on your daily activities. A mental health professional will be able to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. 

 

At Nuffield Wellness, our Counsellor can help you assess your symptoms and guide you on alternative ways of managing and coping through anxiety management techniques. If you wish to book an appointment with us, fill in the form on this page. 

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