Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often leading to repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges as coping mechanisms.
These thoughts and bodily reactions come in various forms and beliefs such as images, impulses, worries, fears or doubts. People with OCD often realise that their obsessional thoughts are irrational and are aware of the disruption and distress this causes to their lives. Frequently, they develop strategies to relieve their anxiety by performing compulsive behaviours to prevent perceived harm happening to themselves or, more often than not, to a loved one.
With the use of CBT people can learn to stop performing their compulsive rituals and decrease the intensity of their obsessional thoughts. By talking through these problems, we help individuals explore and understand alternative ways of thinking (the cognitive approach) and to challenge their beliefs through behavioural exercises.
We can implement a gradual decline in the behaviour’s veracity and frequency to allow the person to cope with the anxiety through effective support and guidance.
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