Obsessive-compulsive disorder, often referred to as OCD is a disorder typically characterized by intrusive unwanted thoughts and fears which are followed by compulsive, repetitive behaviours. These safety behaviours have the purpose of neutralising anxiety and reducing distress, but in fact, they can make us feel more anxious and unsafe, causing prolonged suffering. While a lot of people with OCD exhibit signs both of obsessive and compulsive behaviour, it is also possible to have only one or the other.
Some people experience a type of OCD called Pure O, where the person experiences distressing intrusive thoughts, but the mental rituals engaged with are mental rituals, and therefore not often often outward actions.
Magical thinking commonly occurs also, where those with OCD have the belief their thoughts or actions can alter events in the physical world.
Often OCD begins in early adolescence or young adulthood, though it emerge in childhood. It can go hand in hand with other disorders, such as depression or anxiety. Some experts believe OCD develops due to problems in the transmission of certain brain chemicals, while others think environmental factors may play a part in its development. It can be easy to miss at first, since a lot of the time symptoms start out mild and gradually develop, eventually taking a great toll on a person’s life if left untreated.
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Common obsessions related to OCD
Common compulsions related to OCD
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Our expert team treat OCD daily from our online clinics and in our OCD therapy clinic in Guildford, Surrey.
There is no shame in asking for help. If you find that some or many of the signs mentioned above resonate with how you feel, it might be a good time to talk to a mental health professional. As a general rule with any health condition, it’s important to seek advice if your life is drastically impacted by it. Some signs to look out for in regard to OCD are as follows:
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At Dr Jo Gee & Associates your wellbeing is our number one priority. We offer psychotherapy for OCD online and CBT for OCD in Guildford Surrey.
Our handpicked team of professionals are here to guide you through every step of the process to feeling better in your own skin and living your best life.
Our standard approach to treating OCD is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of talking therapy which has been proven to be effective in treating various mental health disorders, including OCD. Some of its benefits are as follows:
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