Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

OCD is a miserable condition in which one’s life can be taken over by frightening, intrusive, repetitive thoughts, images or impulses and the resulting urgent need to perform specific actions to ward off harm or make things ‘all right’.

Anxiety is a gift from nature because it aids survival - none of us would live long if anxiety did not stop us from taking foolhardy risks! But, like anything else, excessive anxiety can be problematic and become as disabling as any chronic physical illness.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the name given to a condition where people are having uncontrollable and unreasonable obsessions or compulsions that are excessive.

Features of OCD.

Obsessions are defined by -

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Intrusive or inappropriate recurring thoughts

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Impulses or images that are experienced as intrusive causing marked anxiety

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The thoughts, impulses or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems

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The person attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, impulses or images, or to neutralise them with some other thought or action

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The person recognises that the obsessional thoughts, impulses or images are a product of their own mind

Compulsions are defined -

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Repetitive behaviours or rituals that the person feels compelled to perform in response to an obsession to help lower their anxiety levels

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The behaviours or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation

At some point, the person has recognised that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.

The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time consuming, or significantly interfere with the persons normal routine.

Human Givens therapists can use a number of techniques to help alleviate the symptoms of OCD and successfully re-engage the client in a life that is working.

Effective treatment would include a mix of all the following -

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Relaxation techniques.

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Doing an Emotional Needs Audit, to see where your stresses are coming from.

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Separating your core identity from the OCD so you can challenge the obsessive thoughts and behaviours.

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Educating you about how the OCD process works.

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Instilling in you the idea that the OCD is ‘bullying’ you and that you must not allow yourself to be bullied.

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Using a technique in guided imagery to neutralise any traumatic incidents that may have triggered the OCD in the first place.

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Using ‘Guided Imagery’ to rehearse not doing the behaviour in situations where you have been doing it.

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Showing you how to get your emotional needs met in your life.

Human Givens Instituteweb page on OCD.

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