Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The experts in managing OCD… 

Do you struggle with persistent and unwanted intrusive thoughts? Have your thoughts led you to complete ritualistic or compulsive actions? Are you seeking a therapy approach that is caring, effective and compassionate? We specialise in the management of OCD using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) techniques.

What Does CBT Treatment Involve?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental disorder that causes sufferers to have intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and to perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions) in an effort to ease their anxiety. People with OCD often recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, but they feel powerless to stop them. The disorder can be debilitating, and it can take over a person’s life if not treated.

There are many different types of OCD, but some common obsessions include fears of contamination, perfectionism, and violence. Common compulsions include excessive hand-washing, counting, and checking.

OCD is a treatable condition, but it often goes undiagnosed because people are embarrassed to seek help for what they perceive as odd or irrational behavior. If you think you might have OCD, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.


 

What are the signs of OCD?

There are a variety of symptoms that can be associated with OCD. Some people may have obsessions, which are unwanted and intrusive thoughts that cause anxiety or distress. These thoughts may be about dirt or germs, fear of harming oneself or others, or excessive worry about making mistakes. People with OCD may also have compulsions, which are repetitive behaviours or mental rituals that they feel they must do in order to relieve their anxiety. Common compulsions include hand-washing, counting, checking things, or organizing objects in a very specific way.

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Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.

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What does therapy involve?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people change their thinking and behaviours. CBT for OCD is a specific type of treatment.  In CBT for OCD, people learn how to:

⦿ Recognize and manage their OCD symptoms

⦿ Challenge and change their thinking patterns

⦿ Develop coping and problem-solving skills

⦿ Reduce anxiety and improve their quality of life

CBT for OCD usually involves some form of exposure and response prevention (ERP). This means that you will be exposed to the things that trigger your OCD, whilst not responding with the compulsive behaviours ordinarily used. This can be a very difficult and challenging process, but it is often successful in helping people to manage their OCD.


 

Are there different types of OCD?

There are many different sub-classifications of OCD, each with their own unique set of symptoms. Some of the more common sub-diagnoses include:

⦿ Pure Obsessional OCD – This type of OCD is characterized by obsessions without any visible compulsions. sufferers may obsess about certain thoughts, images, or impulses, but will not engage in any overt compulsions.

⦿ Relationship OCD – Those with this type of OCD may obsess about the fear of being abandoned or rejected. They may have constant doubts about their relationship and may engage in behaviours such as excessive checking, reassurance seeking, and attachment.

⦿ Symmetry and Ordering OCD – People with this sub-type of OCD often need things to be in perfect symmetry and order. They may spend hours arranging objects or organizing their space.

⦿ Hoarding OCD – Hoarding OCD is characterized by an intense fear of losing or discarding items. Those with this disorder may hoard clothes, food, trash, or sometimes animals.

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