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.
What Is Addiction Counselling ?
Addiction counsellors can help you identify whether you have an addiction and may suggest a course of counselling sessions to help overcome it.
Therapy for addiction can help you to examine the underlying causes that precipitated the vicious cycle and identify any possible triggers that may lead to a relapse. It can also help you deal with any other psychological issues that may be attached to your addiction such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety.
Finally, it can guide those around you such as family and friends to better understand your addiction and learn how to support you during your recovery.
If your addiction is serious, you may also need to meet with a consultant psychiatrist to diagnose, monitor and treat any mental health issues arising from it, and they can refer you to a rehabilitation centre if a residential stay is recommended
Our psychologists and psychiatrists work with all forms of addiction, and we have particular specialists with extensive training and experience in drug and alcohol treatment.
If you decide to undergo a course of therapy to deal with your addiction, our expert therapists will work with you to help you understand the causes and examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have contributed to it.
Together, they will help you gain the crucial self-understanding and insight you need to recognise what triggers your desire to pursue your addiction, develop strategies to cope with trigger situations, and devise tailor-made methods of handling your withdrawal symptoms while you recover.