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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that affects a significant portion of the Australian population, with over 500,000 individuals people affected. This condition can have a profound impact and is often intertwined with feelings of depression and anxiety.

OCD manifests through the presence of obsessions—persistent and distressing thoughts, urges, or images—and compulsions—repetitive behaviors or mental acts aimed at alleviating the distress caused by these obsessions. These symptoms can disrupt daily functioning and lead to significant distress.

 

Individuals may feel compelled to engage in specific thoughts or actions to stop these distressing thoughts. Compulsions, on the other hand, are often driven by a perceived need to prevent harm, maintain order, or alleviate anxiety associated with obsessive thoughts.

Common obsessions include fear of contamination by germs to thoughts or a preoccupation with orderliness. Compulsions manifest in behaviors such as excessive cleaning, frequent checking of locks or appliances, hair pulling leading to hair loss, and engaging in excessive rituals.

It's important to acknowledge the symptoms of OCD can evoke feelings of embarrassment, shame, and isolation, leading many individuals to conceal their struggles. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has emerged as a highly effective treatment approach for OCD. This therapy focuses on identifying and challenging maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, with the aim of developing healthier coping mechanisms and strategies for managing symptoms. Research suggests the benefits of CBT are significant and offer hope for long-term relief and recovery.

 

If you're experiencing symptoms of OCD or have questions about seeking help, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Evolving Minds Team on 02 8519 4197 or complete the online booking form below.

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