Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized by thoughts or actions that are repetitive, distressing, and intrusive. It has two main features: Obsessions and Compulsions. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sufferers usually know that their compulsions are unreasonable and irrational, but they continue with these compulsions to alleviate their anxiety. Often, the logic of someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder will appear superstitious. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sufferers may also obsessively clean personal items or hands or constantly check locks, stoves, or light switches.

It is important to remember that OCD knows no age, gender or demographic bounderies, everyone can experience it in different ways.

Treatment can help reduce the symptoms and bring them under control so that they don’t rule daily life.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be effective. Cognitive behavioural therapy involves retraining your thought patterns and routines so that compulsive behaviours are no longer necessary and are no longer required to alleviate anxiety. One Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach in particular is called exposure and response prevention. This therapy involves gradual exposure to a feared object or obsession and teaching healthy ways to cope with anxiety.

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