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OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) - BREAKING THE HABIT

 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is described as an anxiety disorder. The condition has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions.


OBSESSIONS

Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind; for example, thinking that you have been contaminated by dirt and germs, or experiencing a sudden urge to hurt someone. These obsessions are often frightening.


COMPULSIONS

Compulsions are repetitive activities that you feel you have to do. This could be something like repeatedly checking a door to make sure it is locked or repeating a specific phrase in your head to prevent something from happening. Compulsions are often distressing and any relief you feel is often short-lived.


LIVING WITH OCD

OCD will cause you considerable fear and distress. They will take up a significant amount of time, and disrupt your ability to carry on with your day-to-day to life. Many people with OCD experience feelings of shame and loneliness which often stops them from seeking help. They try to cope with OCD alone, until the symptoms are so severe they can’t hide them anymore. OCD is also known to have a close association with depression, and some people find obsessions appear or get worse when they are depressed.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIGNS OF OCD?
  • A fear of failing to prevent harm
  • Imagining doing harm
  • Intrusive sexual thoughts
  • Religious or blasphemous thoughts
  • Fear of contamination
  • an excessive concern with order or symmetry
  • Illness or physical symptoms
  • Repeating actions
  • Focusing on a number – e.g. having to buy three of everything
  • Washing or cleaning – e.g. having to wash your hands very frequently in order to feel clean
  • Checking – e.g. reading through an email ten times before sending it
  • Ordering or arranging – e.g. keeping food organised by colour in the fridge

AVOIDANCE

You might find that some objects or experiences make your obsessions or compulsions worse, and you try to avoid them as a result. For example, if you fear contamination, you might avoid eating and drinking anywhere except in your own home. Avoiding things can have a major impact on your life


HOW CAN NAVEEN HELP YOU?

Having OCD does not make you weird or strange. Naveen can help bring you out of your distress with a solid phased approach of treatment and therapy which is time tested and proven to enable people to resume their normal lives at the earliest. Delaying treatment can be very dangerous because OCD can take control of your lives before you realize.