Exploring Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Are compulsions taking over your life? Below, we explore what OCD is and how we can help you.
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About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Do you feel a constant need to do something? We all have a voice in the back of our mind that nudges us to get up and do something, check if the door is locked, or to make sure our phone is on charge.

The key difference between these normal urges and OCD is that OCD forces your mind to think about nothing else on loop. Before you know it a simple task turns into a complex ritual or constant nagging doubt from which there seems to be little hope of escape.

OCD is a common mental state and is closely associated with feelings of stress and anxiety. To learn to manage it so you can live a normal life, it’s important to know when you need help with OCD so you can speak to a professional.

Does OCD ever stop?

When you go in search of help with OCD and tell your friends or family that it’s something you’re struggling with, at least one person will likely tell you it’s only in your mind. While this may be true, the impact it has on the rest of your life can feel so all-consuming that these words which were intended to comfort you actually leave you feeling isolated and unheard. OCD is highly unlikely to stop by itself as the brain has evolved to spot patterns and learn routines. If it gets sidetracked doing something which you know deep down is not a useful thing to do, the compulsion to continue can quickly become overpowering, causing chronic and overwhelming stress.

How do you cope with OCD?

Many people learn to cope with their OCD through approaches like counselling or exposure therapy. These allow them to see that the final outcome they were worrying about with such intensity was either highly unlikely, or simply not that bad. Trying to rationalise what you need to do so that you can step outside of the cycle of OCD thoughts is a key part of the rebuilding process.

Does counselling solve OCD?

Counselling for OCD allows you to give the rational part of your mind a voice by running everything past someone who isn’t anxious about the same things you are. Many people have found this invaluable as it gives them perspective on what they’re doing and a clearer insight into why their mind is behaving the way it is.

If you identify with any or all of the feelings below, personal OCD support could prove highly beneficial:

  • Constant worrying about seemingly small things others don’t talk about
  • An overwhelming urge to check, clean, or perform a set routine
  • A tendency to have to do a set routine or ritual at the exclusion of everything else
  • Feelings of worry or panic when you are unable to complete your routine for whatever reason
  • An aversion to things you used to do on autopilot without thinking about it
  • A habit of picturing the absolute worst case scenario if you don’t complete a routine

How can we help you with OCD?

Our approach to online counselling for OCD is to get to know you, your background, and how your mind is working. This gives us a clear understanding of who you are, how your past has impacted the way your mind works, and an opportunity to recommend coping mechanisms that will ease you away from the OCD behaviour and rituals which have come to dominate your life.

If you would like to hear more about how we can help you learn to cope with OCD please contact our team today. And remember: you will not feel like this forever.

Common OCD Subtypes

Clinicians often refer to OCD as heterogeneous because symptoms vary
so much from one person to the next, below are a few types and subtypes:
  • Harm OCD
  • Sexual Orientation OCD
  • Relationship OCD
  • “Just Right” OCD
  • Contamination OCD
  • Pedophilia OCD
  • Pure-O or Pure Obsessional OCD

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