Someone with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder suffers from recurring irrational, intrusive thoughts which they can't dispel with reasoning or logical thinking. Most of us get intrusive thoughts "will our family member make it home safe tonight?". However, people with OCD get recurrent distressing intrusive thoughts. To deal with these thoughts people engage in repetitive rituals to reduce the anxiety and stress they are felling.
How can obsessions and Compulsions Present?
Worries about germs, bodily fluids or environmental contamination leading to showering, cleaning and other strategies to prevent contacts with contaminants.
Forbidden sexual thoughts or obsessions which are dealt with by praying, doing a task in 'threes' because three is a safe number or cancelling by replacing a certain 'bad' word with another 'good' one.
Fear of stealing leading to repeating body movements or avoiding certain situations altogether.
How DOES OCD affect people?
OCD is a pervasive mental health condition that impacts on several aspects of your functioning; relationships, work, study and ability to take care of yourself or relax. Clients that see our telehealth psychiatrists for OCD often describe how their compulsions impact upon their family and work relationships. At our family meetings sometimes partner or children may raise how they feel embarrassed and in turn isolate and avoid social contact. You often see ripple effects through the family.
To manage OCD people might turn to addictions. Sheer exhausted from simply implementing the rituals, people with OCD might become overwhelmed, isolated and depressed.
Why should Professional Mental Health Services be sought?
The treatment for obsessions and compulsions is highly specialised. There are several well-researched evidence-based treatments for OCD. Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is the most effective psychological treatment for OCD.
There is a role for medication in the treatment of OCD. The best evidence is for a class of medications called SSRI. The medication works to reduce intrusive thoughts and compulsions and any related depression.
OCD is best treated with a multi-disciplinary approach; psychiatrists and psychologists working together with GPs to provide holistic care.
Do you have a loved one with OCD?
Having someone close to you experience OCD can be challenging and frustrating. There are some practical strategies you can use to support your loved one with OCD, speak with their psychologist or psychiatrist to learn more. If you are finding it hard to cope speak with your GP.
Our telehealth psychologists are experienced and skilled in treating OCD. Book online or give our friendly support team a call to discuss.
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