OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 2018-08-07T12:03:05+00:00

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OCD Management

It is essential for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to understand the complexities attached to the condition. With our effective treatment plan, we incorporate a form of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in conjunction with Psychodynamic Therapy. Within our ERP approach, clients are safely and incrementally exposed to pending fears. The method of increased exposure to fearful objects serves to desensitise the individual, which in turn, lessens anxiety.

In order for our clients to take back internal control, we teach mental re-focusing techniques for when obsessive thoughts and irrational compulsions arise. As opposed to thoughts being involuntary, the individual learns how to take charge of their mind and create new patterns of thinking, which proves to reshape the problematic psychology.

Our Approach To OCD 

With our psychodynamic approach, our psychotherapists are highly trained to explore areas of the psyche where source anxieties reside and to assess past experiences which contribute to the condition taking hold.  We also promote mindfulness programs and physical exercise as natural methods for treating OCD.

Many of our clients report positive outcomes and a reduction in symptoms soon after therapy commences and when new coping skills are adopted by the client.

The perpetuating cycle of OCD causes intense anxiety and consumes an inordinate amount of the OCD sufferer’s  time.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where people develop obsessions around irrational and unwanted thoughts and fears.  While having a distressing effect, those with the condition are compulsively led by involuntary and repetitive behaviours, which affect performance and impede on daily activities.  If the sufferer’s obsessions are avoided or ignored, distress and anxiety levels intensify.  Compulsions are therefore carried out in an attempt to make the obsession cease. 

Because no long-term relief is felt, the person becomes stuck in a cycle of re-occurring thought patterns and behaviours.  Without support, OCD fixations can become progressively more demanding, which in turn, increases the individual’s anxiety. In extreme cases, the condition can have severe and debilitating consequences, which prohibits the accomplishment of basic tasks and the fulfilment of responsibilities.

Symptoms of OCD

Obsessive thoughts
Compulsive/ritualistic behaviour
Repetitive actions
Fear of contamination
Fear for personal security
Symmetry obsession
Overly superstitious

Effects of OCD

Effects quality of life
Behaviours consume time
Determines daily life
Increased stress/anxiety
Interpersonal complications
Negative cohabiting effects
Impairs general functionality
Difficulties with social activities
Propensity for depression
Problems at work

Causes Of OCD

Among the various psychological theories relating to the cause of OCD, it has been proposed that the condition relates to stressful life events, which cause distressing thoughts and subsequent emotions. From a psychodynamic perspective, OCD is the effect of deeper underlying unconscious factors, which manifest by way of habitual behaviours. OCD can be seen as an extremely creative and purposeful behaviour, which serves to overcompensate for one’s primary loss of control and personal power.

What’s Behind OCD?

People struggling with OCD become entirely fixated on whatever tasks are being executed at any given time. This serves as a means of distraction or escape from more complicated issues and other problematic situations in life. When tasks are completed, it can bring a sense of accomplishment, particularly if the person is not succeeding in other areas. This provides a misplaced feel-good factor, which temporarily decreases the underlying feelings of anxiety. On the other hand, the fears of negative repercussions amplify for the individual during times of emotional and psychological stress, especially when the compulsive ideology is not taken to completion.

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Control And OCD

In an attempt to transmute the negative effects of feeling disempowered, the loss of control in one area of a person’s life is often counter-balanced by the need to control in other areas. The individual, in this instance, is so out of control that the only way they can maintain some form of control is through rigid routines, creating order, building structure, and compartmentalisation. It’s ironic that in such cases that the OCD in turn, controls the ones who suffer.

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