Understanding OCD: Symptoms, Treatments and Counselling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects around 1-2% of the population in the UK. OCD is a complex condition that can cause significant distress to those affected, impacting their daily lives, relationships and work. However, with the right treatment and support, many people with OCD can manage their symptoms effectively.
What is OCD?
OCD is characterised by intrusive, unwanted thoughts, images or impulses (obsessions) that lead to repetitive, compulsive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions). The obsessions can take many different forms, including contamination, harm, symmetry or order, and unwanted sexual thoughts. These intrusive thoughts can be distressing and cause anxiety, fear or guilt. To alleviate the anxiety caused by these thoughts, a person with OCD may feel compelled to carry out repetitive behaviours, such as washing their hands, checking doors, counting or repeating phrases.
Symptoms of OCD
The symptoms of OCD can vary significantly from person to person, and may present themselves in different ways. Some common symptoms of OCD include:
- Intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images or impulses that are distressing or disturbing
- Compulsive behaviours or mental acts that are performed to alleviate the anxiety caused by obsessions
- Feelings of guilt or shame related to obsessions and compulsions
- A persistent need for reassurance from others or repetitive checking behaviours
- Avoiding certain situations or objects that trigger obsessions
- Spending a lot of time carrying out compulsive behaviours or thinking about them
- Finding it difficult to stop or control obsessions or compulsions, even when they interfere with daily life
Hope Therapy is here to help.
If you’re struggling with OCD, Hope Therapy is here to help. Our team of qualified and highly experienced therapists and counsellors are available.
Fortunately, there are effective treatments for OCD, and many people are able to manage their symptoms effectively. Some of the most common treatments for OCD include:
- Our experienced therapists provide evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). These therapies help you understand your thoughts and behaviours, manage compulsions and anxiety, and develop coping strategies.
- We work collaboratively with you to create an individualised treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences. Our therapists provide a safe and supportive environment to help you manage your OCD symptoms and improve your overall mental health and wellbeing.
- If you’re struggling with OCD, we encourage you to contact us for support. Our team at Hope Therapy is dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate care to help you on your journey towards recovery. Contact us today to learn more about our OCD treatment options and to book an appointment with one of our experienced therapists.
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