Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterised by the presence of obsessions and compulsions that are felt to be unreasonable and that impair daily functioning. OCD can be very distressing – it may be accompanied by depression and may cause a negative impact on relationships. OCD is a condition characterised by thoughts that make you feel anxious (obsessions) and behaviours you employ to reduce this anxiety (compulsions) and is one of the most common mental health problems. Anxiety provoking thoughts can preoccupy the mind and will not disappear, despite the individuals’ best efforts not to think of them.
Counselling and psychotherapy can be highly successful methods in overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Counselling treatments for OCD involve working through a therapy program to control the obsessions and associated rituals that maintain the disorder.
- Help you to understand the root causes of your OCD
- Examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that maintain the cycle of OCD
- Gain self-understanding and insight, including identifying triggers
- Develop tailor made coping strategies to replace safety behaviours