therapy and treatment
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
OCD is estimated to affect between 1 and 4% of the population and is characterised by unwanted thoughts, images and/or urges. These intrusions provoke high levels of anxiety and can become very distressing. To control these unpleasant feelings and thoughts, people engage with compulsions, often including behaviours that seem irrational like washing hands continuously, counting to certain numbers, ordering items in a certain way, following strict routines, checking windows and doors are locked several times, avoiding particular situations etc. Fortunately, psychological treatments available for OCD are very effective.
common OCD symptoms
Each person who experiences OCD describes something different. However, the symptoms people experience can often have similar themes. Below are some common features of OCD.
treatment for OCD
Although completely treatable, people who experience OCD have often lived with their symptoms for a number of years before seeking help. For this and other reasons, the beliefs and rituals that drive their problems can be difficult to shift. This can make therapeutic sessions in the home and community more relevant, enhancing the effectiveness of the techniques we us.
The evidence-base (research and results of clinical trials) recommend a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with Exposure Response Prevention (a technique designed to help people face their fears) for the treatment of OCD. For most people this will be sufficient. However, those experiencing particularly stubborn symptoms may need a more specialised approach involving more than one therapist.
At NOSA we will take time to asses your individual needs and work in collaboration with you to recommend a treatment package that best meets your goals.