Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Counselling
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, long-term condition marked by thoughts that make you feel anxious (obsessions) and behaviours you engage in to reduce this anxiety (compulsions).
Anxiety-provoking thoughts can preoccupy the mind and will not disappear, despite your best efforts not to think of them.
Thoughts could centre on contamination by germs, or that someone will be harmed because of your negligence. You may see pictures in your mind of violent or sexual images which are completely out of character; however, importantly you do not act upon these images.
To help reduce the anxiety caused by these negative thoughts you may have rituals such as washing hands repeatedly, constant checking, and constantly asking for reassurance from others that everything is okay.
OCD can disable life to such a dramatic extent that depression can also be a problem, as well as damage personal and professional relationships.
OCD can be diagnosed if the obsessions and compulsions take up excessive amounts of time (approx. more than an hour), lead to significant distress and interfere with daily functioning in domestic life, study, work, social life, relationships.
If you suffer from any of the issues listed, you may benefit from making an appointment with an OCD therapist.