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Everything You Need To Know About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsession is the pervasive existence of thoughts that occur repeatedly in the mind. Unfortunately, obsessive thinking often causes emotional distress and distracts the individual suffering from the mental illness. Obsessions in the mind then result in compulsion- compulsion drives the individual to act out repeatedly, resulting in compulsive behaviours. Clients suffering from OCD often feel out of control and helpless.
OCD is treatable and manageable through our online counselling for Alberta residents.
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OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is a mental disorder, categorizing it under a mental health concern. Obsessive compulsive disorder and its compulsive behaviours can occur in a number of conditions and may include the obsession with objects or intrusive thoughts, or the combination of both. OCD clients typically have obsessions or repetitive unwelcome thoughts which cause the extreme urge for repeated behaviour. Individuals feel momentary release from their mental illness when acting on compulsive behaviours, as the action helps relieve the brain's obsessiveness.
OCD Symptoms exist in children and adults
Compulsive behaviours may emerge in children and adults. While obsessive-compulsive disorder typically starts during teenhood, younger adults often show symptoms that appear as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although other mental and physical disorders may appear like obsessive-compulsive disorder, they require a thorough psychological examination to determine whether a diagnosis is possible.
Signs and symptoms
OCD symptoms can be caused by the obsessions or compulsions a person experiences. These problems often affect all aspects of the individual's life from schoolwork to family and relationships. How do we manage compulsive behaviours? First we identify them and then consider possible triggers.
What Are Compulsive Behaviours?
Compulsive behaviours are repetitive ritualized acts characterized by the feeling that
one has to perform them while also being aware that these acts are not in line with one's
overall goal. These behaviours feel uncontrollable, as if someone was compelled to perform
them. People who struggle with compulsive behaviours generally feel a sense of relief after
they have engaged with the ritualistic behaviours. However, this sense of reduced anxiety only
lasts for a certain period before someone feels compelled to engage in the ritual again. It is
important to know that compulsive thoughts and behaviours are common and can be reduced
Can counselling help Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD?
OCD worsens as we feel powerless. Obsessions can certainly feel like they are ruining your life by isolating you socially due to an inability to focus and function; combat this feeling of isolation by working with a real person to talk through your ocd symptoms. By speaking with someone who is understanding and knowledgeable on your situation, you can significantly reduce your fear, tension, and sense of loss of control. Talking to a therapist in person about your anxiety can lessen its impact on your situation or make it less scary for you.
Here are a number of ways an OCD therapist can help you:
Identify patterns that may be getting in the way of your daily living that are considered obsessive behaviours.
Exposure with Response Prevention Therapy – focuses on supporting your nervous system to tolerate distress more effectively without engaging in stress reducing behaviours
Help you to learn how to resist stress reducing behaviours and challenge obsessive thoughts to eliminate them
Help you to set up a support system if appropriate
Build confidence in self to be able to handle stress more effectively
Common Types of Compulsive Behaviour:
Overly checking things such as locks, curling iron is turned off, switches ect.
Checking in with loved ones to make sure they are safe excessively.
Arranging things to be a particular way and if they are not, this causes distress
Tapping, fidgeting, tics that may be in attempt to reduce anxiety
Common Types of Intrusive Thoughts:
Intrusive explicit thoughts or images
Fear of losing control of self or others
Excessive focus on a certain thought, moral idea