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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders are more frequently referred to by the acronym OCD.

People normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.

However we have found it more helpful to separate Compulsive Behaviours from Obsessive Compulsive Disorders as the way they affect people’s lives and the way in which they are experienced is very different.

In general terms a compulsive behaviour is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and “instant relief” is felt, however, more frequently than not, this feeling of satisfaction is almost always associated with a sense of Guilt or Shame.

However, with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder this sense of “relief”, the “instant gratification” is often never achieved which leads the sufferer to even greater confusion and conflict.

Frequently, when a particular “routine” or “obsessive thought” fails to provide any kind of relief, the sufferer will conclude that they must carry our longer or more complex repetitions in order to achieve relief.

These “ever-growing” cycles of behaviour or thinking can become “paralysing” and without the appropriate help can lead to an almost complete inability to “function normally”.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Can Be Cognitive or Behavioural

Obsessive thoughts and behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as tidiness (e.g. placing all food tins in the cupboard with the label facing outwards) to counting numbers or doing sums in their head to the point that they can think of nothing else.

With all OCD thoughts and behaviours, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important.

For example, someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting a long time for someone else to open the door so they can nip through ‘untouched’.

However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may become ritualistic to the point that their hands are never clean enough to leave their house.

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Common Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Below is a list of symptoms that are typically associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, although the obsessive thinker is capable of “creating” a wide range of complex and variable symptoms:

  • Being overly jealous or possessive over a partner
  • Eating Disorders (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
  • Constant worry about something
  • Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
  • Paranoia
  • Excessive exercise
  • Health anxiety
  • Continual negative thoughts
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Stress
  • Constant counting
  • Excessive tidiness
  • Rituals

Psychological Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders which you can read about below.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD

If you’re committed to overcoming your OCD problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

In general terms, we do not offer alternative therapies for obsessive compulsive disorders as this problem tends to be predominantly cognitive in nature and responds best to therapies in which ‘management of thinking patterns’ is the main focus.

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Free Initial Consultations for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your OCD prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.

At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

Get in Touch With Us.

Psychologist Paul Lee in Wombourne Clinic

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