Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a form of habitual activity. OCD is a term used to describe the common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These behaviours can be focused on one single area of our life such as OCD behaviour around cleanliness or perhaps security. Some common forms of OCD behaviour are:
- Excessive or compulsive hand washing
- Repeatedly checking doors are locked
- Constant and repeated monitoring that electrical items or gas appliances are switched off
- Repeatedly thinking and dwelling on unwanted or unhappy thoughts that lead to anxiety and stress
OCD therapy can look at any form of behaviour that may be causing you concern.
How does OCD counselling help?
Many people are embarrassed by obsessive behaviours and they can be very disruptive to a normal life. They certainly often get in the way of being happy; people feel trapped by them and talk of wanting to be free. Seeking counselling is a big step. Your therapist will not judge you. They have come across many people with issues similar to yours. Working with a trained counsellor can help you to find the roots of your repetitive or obsessive behaviour. For many this behaviour started as a reaction to or coping mechanism in another area of your life that wasn’t under your control, or as a response to some trauma in your life.
The treatment found to be the most effective in successfully treating OCD is a form of talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Your treatment will seek to explore where the behaviour comes from and discover the underlying issues or triggers. This will help you to be able to learn to find a way forward to manage your OCD behaviour, so that it no longer manages you.
There are a number of charities and websites with useful information if you are one of the three quarters of a million people in the UK who suffer with OCD.