Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
People normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.
However we have found it more helpful to separate Compulsive Behaviours from Obsessive Behaviours 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 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”.
Obsessions that can be helped
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 obsessional 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.
Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Below is a list of symptoms that are typically associated with Obsessions, 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)
- Excessive exercise
- Continual negative thoughts
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant counting
- Excessive tidiness
Transform Your Beliefs & Overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Both the Thrive Programme and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, 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.
FREE Initial Consultations for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive problems may be made even worse by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these ‘thinking errors’ by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was nice because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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