“Our doubts are traitors and make us loose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.”
Are you preoccupied with anxiety producing thoughts on a daily basis?
Do you experience intrusive, sometimes violent, thoughts?
Do you take part in ritualistic behaviour, eg. constant hand washing?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and obsessional thoughts, sometimes followed by repetitive impulses and urges. OCD causes the sufferer great distress and can impact negatively on various aspects of a person’s life including; relationships, career and self confidence, in the long term it can also lead to depression.
A sufferer will experience anxiety producing thoughts, in order to reduce the anxiety the person will employ specific behaviours and rituals. Some examples of the thoughts experienced could be;
Some examples of the behaviours and rituals employed to alleviate the anxiety are;
If you suffer from OCD, counselling can help by exploring with you the root causes of the behaviour and the intrusive thoughts. By identifying the thought triggers together with a therapist, self understanding and insight can be gained which can alleviate the anxiety and therefore end the repetitive impulses and urges.