Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Psychotherapy and Counselling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts and repetative behaviours and is extremely common, usually beginning in adolescence or early adulthood.
OCD can generate feelings of extreme unease, fear and panic that compel the sufferer to perform certain rituals and activities obsessively, in an attempt to ease the fear and anxiety. Symptoms of OCD can include obsessive washing or cleaning, repeated checking or aversion to particular numbers.
Pre-occupation with particular distressing thoughts is also a symptom of OCD; these thoughts are repetative, obsessive and can often be violent or of a sexual or religious nature and can be very intrusive.
OCD can severely impact the quality of life – if unchecked, symptoms can be time consuming and alienating. Someone who is struggling with OCD at its most extreme will not be functioning fully – relationships will be deteriorating, work may become affected and the quality of life will become very limited.
Psychotherapy can help with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Psychotherapy is a very effective treatment for OCD. By exploring the roots of the anxiety and challenging repetitive thought processes, a patient can be helped to come to terms with early experiences and alleviate difficult symptoms.
The psychotherapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in Central London, are experienced in working with people who are suffering with OCD.