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Taming the OCD Dragon: How Effective OCD Therapy Can Help

Updated: Aug 8, 2023




What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


OCD is a disorder that causes people to have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a disorder that causes people to have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. The main goal of OCD is to reduce anxiety. People who have OCD are often very anxious about things like germs, dirt, or contamination. They may also have obsessions with things like safety or orderliness.

OCD is not just an anxiety disorder but also a mental health disorder that can be debilitating for the person who has it and their family members as well.


The cause of OCD isn't known for sure but it may be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain or genetics. It usually starts in childhood or adolescence and lasts throughout adulthood but sometimes goes away on its own over time without any treatment at all.


How Common is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by both.


OCD affects about 1 in 40 adults in the United States and about 1 in 200 children in the United States. It typically begins at age 19 and lasts a lifetime, but not always.


People with OCD may know that their thoughts are irrational or worry that they might act on them, but they feel powerless to stop them. Common obsessions include fear of being contaminated by dirt or germs; fear of harming oneself or others; fear of losing things; a need for symmetry or exactness; and a need for exact numbers to be correct. The most common compulsions are hand washing, counting things, checking things, arranging things neatly and repeating words silently to oneself.


What are Obsessive or Repetitive Thoughts?


The term obsessive thoughts is used to describe a range of unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that seem to come from nowhere and often cause anxiety.

Obsessive or repetitive thoughts are the unpleasant, intrusive and unwelcome thoughts that are experienced by many people. These thoughts are generally about something bad happening in the future. This may include harm coming to oneself or others, or about one's own inadequacies.


The most common type of obsessive thought is a fear of contamination. There is also a fear of being responsible for some kind of disaster. The person with this type of obsessive thought believes that they might do something terrible to someone else and therefore needs to take precautions against this happening (e.g., checking doors repeatedly).


What are Compulsive Behaviors?


Compulsive behaviors are actions that an individual is unable to control and they feel the need to keep repeating them. These behaviors can be mental, physical or both and they are often done in order to get a sense of relief. They are often done in response to stress, anxiety or boredom.


There are many different types of compulsive behaviors such as:


- Gambling

- Alcoholism

- Smoking

- Drug abuse

- Eating disorders

- Sexual addiction


What is the Link Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Obsessions are unwanted thoughts that repeatedly enter the person's mind. Compulsions are behaviors or mental acts that a person performs in response to an obsession.


Obsessions are unwanted thoughts that repeatedly enter the person's mind. Compulsions are behaviors or mental acts that a person performs in response to an obsession.


Compulsions can be categorized into two groups: neutralizing and avoidance compulsions. Neutralizing compulsions is when someone does something to reduce anxiety, such as washing their hands over and over again to get rid of germs. Avoidance compulsions is when someone avoids situations where they might be exposed to something they fear, such as not going outside because they might see someone with a disability.


What are the Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that can be characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions. OCD is also known as the "doubting disease" because people with OCD often doubt themselves and their own thoughts.

Symptoms of OCD include:


  • Excessive washing or cleaning

  • Repeated checking

  • Hoarding or collecting things to an extent that it becomes harmful

  • Unnecessary counting, tapping, or touching objects


Do I Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than six months, you should consult a doctor.


  • You constantly think about your own death and the deaths of others.

  • You find yourself thinking about or performing repetitive actions over and over again.

  • You have to do things in a certain way or else you feel uncomfortable.

  • You are preoccupied with thoughts that are unrealistic or exaggerated.

  • Your thoughts are not connected to reality.

  • If someone touches something that is not yours, you can't stop thinking about it until you wash your hands and clean it up yourself.


What Causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that can be defined as an anxiety disorder, which is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions. The problem with OCD is that the sufferer cannot control these thoughts and compulsions, which leads to severe mental health problems.


There are many things that can cause OCD, but there are no definitive causes of OCD. It has been suggested that people may be more likely to develop OCD if they have a family member with the disorder or if they have experienced some traumatic event in their life.


What Keeps Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Going?


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. They might have obsessions, compulsions, or both.

The main cause of OCD is not known. However, there are some factors that can make someone more likely to develop it such as genetics and brain chemistry.


A person with OCD will typically have obsessions about something they cannot control such as dirt or germs. They will then feel compelled to do something about it in order to relieve their anxiety and keep themselves safe from harm.


People with OCD may also be very sensitive to things like light, noise, or other people’s thoughts. This can lead them to believe that they are being watched or followed by someone who wants them harm.


What type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy is Best?


It is important to understand that there are multiple types of OCD therapy. The type of therapy that is best for you will depend on the severity of your condition, your preferences, and the availability of different treatments in your area.


* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This type of therapy focuses on breaking down the physical rituals that are associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It also helps patients identify negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ones.


* Exposure Response Prevention Therapy: This type of therapy is based on the idea that exposure to obsessive-compulsive related stimuli without performing any compulsive responses will eventually reduce anxiety around these stimuli and make it easier for patients to resist compulsions in their everyday lives.


* Habit Reversal Training: Habit reversal training is an approach designed specifically for people who have a hard time resisting compulsions or urges to perform rituals when they become aware that they are doing so.


How Will Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy Help Me?


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes people to have unwanted thoughts and fears that they can't control. It's estimated that 1 in 50 people have OCD, and it affects both men and women.


The obsessive thoughts are often about something bad happening to themselves or others, like causing harm, being dirty or shameful, or having unacceptable sexual thoughts. The person with OCD will do things like wash their hands repeatedly or check the stove repeatedly to make sure it's turned off. These behaviours can be time-consuming and difficult to stop even though they don't provide any relief from the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts.


There are many different types of treatment for OCD including medication, psychotherapy, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), self-help techniques such as mindfulness meditation and acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT). They all work differently for different people so it’s important to talk with a mental health professional about which one.


What Can I Do at Home to Help Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


Some people have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and they don't know what to do at home to help it. OCD is a mental health condition that can cause a person to have intrusive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, or both. The most common obsessions are fears of contamination, fears of harming oneself or others, and a need for symmetry or exactness.


There are many things that people can do at home to help OCD. It's important for the person with OCD to know that their disorder is not their fault and it cannot be cured with willpower alone. It's important for them to find the right treatment plan so they can manage their symptoms by themselves and in conjunction with therapy.


Work With Me to Reduce Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Hi I'm Brian Mayer. I specialize in helping my clients with all sorts of Anxiety Disorders in Anxiety Counseling. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of Anxiety Disorder. In your work with me, we will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help restructure the ways in which your brain thinks. We will also do some Exposure Therapy to introduce you to the bothersome issues but in a new way.


Contact me today to get started in Anxiety Counseling to get your life back from OCD.


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