Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive and Compulsive symptoms can be so distressing, that clients may be hesitant to seek treatment for them for fear of embarrassment, but are relieved to hear that it is quite a common illness.
Obsessions are recurrent intrusive thoughts that cause marked distress and anxiety. “I can’t get the thought out of my head.”
Sometimes these obsessions lead clients to perform compulsive rituals as a way of eliminating the anxiety they cause. Compulsions can take the form of constant checking, hand-washing, ritualistic counting or gestures, or an unrelenting focus on symmetry and orderliness.
Sometimes OCD patients spend hours performing these compulsions, while neglecting their jobs, families, and even their own physical health. Like the other anxiety disorders, OCD is treatable with antidepressants and with Counselling.