Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic (long-term) mental health condition that is usually associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.
It is one of the most common mental health conditions, with an estimated 3 in 100 adults and up to 5 in 100 children and teenagers having OCD.
It usually starts in early adult life, with men tending to report earlier symptoms than women.
However, OCD symptoms can begin at any time, including childhood, with the symptoms of OCD ranging from mild to severe.
Typical Symptoms: Obsessive Thoughts
- Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others
- Fear of causing harm to yourself or others
- Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
- Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas
- Fear of losing or not having things you might need
- Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right”
- Superstitions; excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky
- Typical Symptoms: Compulsive Behaviours
- Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches
- Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe
- Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety
- Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning
- Ordering or arranging things “just so.”
- Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers or empty food containers
Treatment, Help & Support
Psychotherapy is a proven treatment with a high rate of success in OCD.
If either yourself, a friend or a member of your family are affected by OCD, book your first appointment with us now to see how quickly we can start to help you back on the road to recovery.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality responsive and friendly services, delivered by fully qualified Clinical Psychologists who posess a wealth of experience.
We are usually able to see you for your first appointment within a few days of your request. Any subsequent sessions (if required) are agreed between yourself and your Psychologist, arranged at a frequency to optimise progress and to suit your own personal circumstances.
If you require any further information, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to meeting you soon.