Dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

by Dr Emma Gray - 17th April, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where an individual attaches an anxiety provoking meaning to intrusive thoughts and then engages in certain repetitive or ritualistic behaviours (known as compulsions) in an attempt to reduce the anxiety triggered. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) effects adults and children and can be a debilitating problem that interferes with every aspect of a person’s life.

Individuals suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also frequently experience other mental health, emotional and psychological problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, eating disorders not otherwise specified), low self esteem and confidence, sleep problems and relationship problems.

Medication has been found to be of little help in reducing the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Instead a type of counselling/therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) effectively reduces and ultimately eliminates symptoms by helping the individual to change the meaning that they attach to their intrusive thoughts thus reducing the consequent anxiety and the occurrence of the associated compulsive behaviours. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) also equips the individuals with the necessary skills to resist the urge to engage in their compulsive behaviour so that they can gradually build their confidence in their ability to survive without their rituals.

The therapy although very effective is complex and so an experience and skilled practitioner must be found to carry out the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). At The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group all our clinical and counselling psychologist are experts in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and skilled in using it to treatment Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Therefore is you are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Richmond, from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Fulham, from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Clapham, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Marylebone, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Notting Hill, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Chiswick, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Nottingham, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Cambridge, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Stamford, call us now to make an appointment.

If you are suffering with any of the issues discussed in this article and would like to seek professional help then you may find our Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Page helpful.

Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleagues once described me as a natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.

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