Obsession And OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) describes a condition with specific problem thoughts and behaviours which affect a person’s life. Obsessive thoughts are unpleasant, repetitive and difficult to stop or ignore. Compulsions are actions which the person feels they ‘have’ to do to feel safe.
People who struggle with OCD may find themselves performing specific rituals in order to feel safe, or to stop something ‘bad’ from happening. These can be related to cleanliness (such as complicated hand-washing or cleaning rituals) or checking personal safety (such as rituals for making sure all the doors and windows are locked and appliances are turned off before going to bed). These rituals can become long and complicated, and even though a person with OCD is aware the rituals are unnecessary they feel unable to stop doing them.
OCD can become out of control and affect your ability to work or lead a normal life. You may find yourself needing to perform your rituals more often, or that your rituals become longer and more intricate. You may also find that your OCD spreads to other areas of your life making it even more difficult to control. It can become more intense during stressful periods or after major life changes.
Anna’s successful work with a number of clients with OCD has helped her to develop a positive treatment plan which will give you control over your OCD.
Anna will help you to learn about your OCD. You will identify how long it has been there and what affects it. She will help you to consider the benefits that OCD can bring as well as working with you to evaluate your coping strategies and then build on these to better control your thoughts and compulsions. You will learn how to identify situations that make your OCD worse and also how to prepare for them.
Armed with a greater understanding of your OCD and use of successful coping strategies, you will have control over your thoughts and compulsions rather than allowing them to control you.