An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviours that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviours to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. The person usually recognizes that the behaviour is excessive or unreasonable.
A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to do to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. There are many types of obsessions and compulsions.
-      * Checking and rechecking actions (such as turning out the lights and locking the door)
-      * Excessive counting
-      * Excessive fear of germs
-      * The compulsion to repeatedly wash the hands to ward off infection
-      * Mental Rituals etc.
For example, someone with an obsessive fear of being burgled may feel they need to check all the windows and doors are locked several times before they can leave their house.
Women can sometimes have OCD during pregnancy or after their baby is born. Obsessions may include worrying about harming the baby or not sterilising feeding bottles properly. Compulsions could be things such as repeatedly checking the baby is breathing.
Getting help for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
People with OCD are often reluctant to seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed. OCD is a health condition like any other, so there's nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. Having OCD does not mean you're "mad" and it's not your fault you have it.
What is Counselling for OCD? (Psychotherapy)
Chetnamindfulness offer treatment for different manifestations of OCD. Therapy for OCD is usually a type of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (ERP). Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be the most effective type of psychotherapy for this disorder. The client is exposed many times to a situation that triggers the obsessive thoughts, and learns gradually to tolerate the anxiety and resist the urge to perform the compulsion. Medication and CBT together are considered to be better than either treatment alone at reducing symptoms.
Working with your therapist to break down your problems into their separate parts, such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions
Encouraging you to face your fears and have obsessive thoughts without neutralising them with compulsive behaviours; you start with situations that cause the least anxiety first, before moving on to more difficult thoughts
The treatment is difficult and may sound frightening, but many people find that when they confront their obsessions, the anxiety eventually improves or goes away.
People with fairly mild OCD usually need less extensive therapist treatment, with exercises done at home between sessions. If you have more severe OCD, you may need a longer n more elaborated course of treatment.
Counselling treatment for OCD involves working through a therapy program to control the obsessions and associated rituals. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in controlling OCD.
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