Have you ever had an intrusive thought: that you might do something terrible and out of character?
Or had a thought or mental picture about something you think you should never think about?
Perhaps you have noticed what seemed like an impulse to do something you don’t really want to do, but felt compelled to do anyway.
Individuals who feel plagued by repugnant, senseless or unacceptable thoughts that intrude into their lives, and feel they have to do some ritual (eg cleaning) over and over again, may be diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
How Does OCD Affect Sufferers?
Sometimes the individual with OCD can feel that their behaviour must seem so bizarre or outside of normality to others, that they become ashamed, scared or frightened.
Sometimes the rituals can become so time consuming, that the individual’s whole life can be taken over by them, destroying jobs and relationships.
Living with someone who has OCD can be very stressful. And if you are the one with OCD, the feeling that your life is out of control is very frightening. Continuously feeling high levels of anxiety is also very uncomfortable.
What can be done about OCD?
Up until very recently, OCD was one of those problems that did not respond very well to therapy. Many people just learned to get by, changing their lives to cope; or took medication to enable them to live with the problem better.
Now new therapies have meant remarkable change is possible. So even if you have tried in the past to get rid of this problem with counselling or medication and failed, there is now new hope of a good recovery, and a return to normal life.
Even though at times OCD might take the guise of a friend, pretending to keep you safe, with the help of the latest advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy you will see how the whole thing works, and learn exactly how you can unravel it. Don’t wait until the problem is so bad you can hardly function. Why not be free now?!
Author: Paul Carver, Bsc, Msc, PG Dip Health Psych.
Paul Carver is a Psychologist with a very wide range of experience, and is focused on bringing the very best evidence-based treatments to his clients – including how to overcome OCD without medication.
To arrange an appointment with Paul Carver, freecall 1800 877 924 or you can book online.