Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health problem that affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It happens when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessive thoughts that drive them to do something repetitively. The repetitive behaviours can disrupt daily life and cause great distress.
People with OCD are often concerned about something bad happening unless they take certain actions to prevent it. This is most often linked to germs, dirt and disease (contamination), items not being checked e.g. taps, gas, car doors, windows, and electrical appliances, things not being in a certain order, intrusive thoughts and what they say about them as a person e.g. forbidden sexual or religious thoughts.
These rituals are aimed at preventing or reducing the distress of a feared situation. Although the compulsion may bring some relief to this worry, the obsession returns and the cycle repeats itself over and over again
If you have an OCD, Thinkaction can help you with self-help or talking therapies. You can join one of our friendly and supportive self-help groups that will help you manage your OCD.
We can also offer you Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for OCD. Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will use CBT techniques to help you change unhelpful behaviour patterns that cause or prolong symptoms of OCD. This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control.
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Ask your GP to refer you.
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