OCD is an acronym in common use that technically means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
People normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with OCD, which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.
However we have found it more helpful to separate Compulsive Behaviour 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 – compulsive shopping is a classic example.
However, with OCD this sense of “relief”, the “instant gratification” is often never achieved which leads the sufferer to even greater confusion and conflict and often results in the obsession become more pronounced.
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
OCD 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 problems, 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 OCD
Below is a list of symptoms that are typically associated with OCD, although the obsessive thinker is capable of “creating” a wide range of complex and variable symptoms:
- Control issues
- Eating Disorders (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia).
- Constant worry about something.
- Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia).
- Excessive exercise.
- Continual negative thoughts.
- Intrusive or cyclical thoughts.
- Constant counting.
- Excessive tidiness.
- Checking routines (door locks, gas knobs on cookers, etc.).
OCD is classified as an Anxiety Disorder and research indicates that the most effective forms of psychotherapy for dealing with anxiety based problems are the cognitive, or thinking based approaches such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
Counselling for OCD
Tranceform Psychology offers CBT-based counselling solutions for OCD which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD Problems
If you’re committed to overcoming your OCD problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychotherapy 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.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Teach Yourself CBT and Overcome OCD for only £149!
Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.
Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.
Free Initial Consultations for OCD Problems
We offer all prospective clients an 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 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 our change programmes 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.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.