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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety related condition. Whilst there are many forms of OCD suffers generally experience repetitive unwanted intrusive thoughts, images, and doubts called obsessions, that they find hard to ignore. Common obsessions include contamination and germs, hurting oneself or another person or upsetting violent, sexual or blasphemous thoughts.

A milder form is quite common, for example getting a tune stuck in your head. Whilst this may be slightly annoying or frustrating it is not perceived as threatening, does not impact greatly on what you are doing and you know it will eventually stop.

With obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) these thoughts continue despite the individuals best attempts to stop them. Because obsessive thoughts are so upsetting and anxiety-provoking, people with OCD may try to avoid them or prevent harm occurring as a result. They engage in compulsive behaviours to try to alleviate this distress, for example carrying out mental rituals (e.g. counting) or perform particular behavioural rituals (e.g. repeatedly opening and closing doors, washing hands and other checking behaviours). The problem with OCD is the relief from the anxiety the compulsions provide is often short-lived and can recur with ever growing strength.

Therapy, in particular cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can be used to help develop an understanding of how the OCD is developed and maintained as well as going on to treat the symptoms associated with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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