Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been described as the ‘secret problem’. This is because those who are suffering with it do not feel able to tell their partners and family about it. Most people with obsessive compulsive disorder have both obsessions and compulsion, but some people experience just one or the other. If you have OCD, you will probably recognise that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours are irrational, but even so you feel unable to resist them and break free.
Just because you have obsessive thoughts or perform compilsive behaviours does not necessarily mean you suffer from OCD. It is when these thoughts and behaviours are causing you tremendous distress, or they interfere with your daily life by taking up a lot of your time that OCD could be said to be present. Such a diagnosis would be made by your G.P. and from whom you should initially seek advice and medical inervention.
Obsessions and Compulsions
Obsessions can be described as involuntary thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again in your mind. Compulsions are behaviours or rituals that you feel driven to act on again and again. These compulsions are usually performed in an attempt to make the obsessions go away. The relief obtained never lasts, and the obsessive thoughts usually come back stronger. This initiates the compulsive behaviour and ritual once again, causing anxiety as they become more demanding and time consuming.
Obsessive thought raises anxiety, this can then trigger compulsive behaviour, which in turn results in temporary relief. Unfortunately, the cycle is then primed to repeat itself with greater anxiety and stress being incorporated into it. The normal rational part of your mind can view itself as being separate from the obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviours. This only adds to your state of confusion and self-doubt. This cycle that you now find yourself in is preventing you from living your life to the full.
It does not have to be that way
This cycle of behaviour within which you now feel trapped, unable to resist, can be broken. It is possible to rise out of that whirl pool of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours now pulling on you. You can begin to take back charge of your life.
At ‘Oasis for the Mind’ I offer a calm, confidential location where we can start the healing process together. With the use of cognitive therapy, mindful guided imagery, and hypnosis you will identify your safe pathway out. Although this will involve commitment and determination on your part, you will be taking back control of your life again. Returning you to that person you were before it all started.
I care for your emotional and mental wellbeing. Take back charge now. Call me on 07544 838238 for more information, or send me an enquiry. I also offer a pre-arranged 20 minute free of charge on line consultation, where we can discuss your situation and answer your questions.
Further information is available from OCD Action