Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health disorder characterised by recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that drive an individual to perform certain behaviours repetitively (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can interfere significantly with an individual's daily activities and social interactions.
The obsessive thoughts can vary widely from fears of germs or contamination, to thoughts about symmetry and order, or intrusive thoughts about harm or violence. Compulsions are the behaviors individuals with OCD use to try to get rid of the obsessions, such as excessive cleaning, arranging items in a particular way, or compulsive counting.
Consider seeking support if you or a loved one:
• Experience repetitive and persistent thoughts, images, or impulses that are intrusive and cause distress.
• Engage in repetitive behaviours or mental acts in response to these obsessions.
• Spend at least 1 hour per day on these thoughts or behaviours.
• Experience significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is the most effective treatment for OCD. ERP involves gradual exposure to feared objects or thoughts and preventing the accompanying compulsion.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and medications like SSRIs can also be part of a comprehensive treatment plan, particularly for individuals with more severe OCD or those who did not fully respond to CBT.
If OCD is causing distress or interference in your life, it's time to take action. Our team of experienced psychologists is here to support you. Reach out today, and begin your journey towards breaking free from the cycle of obsessions and compulsions. You deserve a life not ruled by OCD.