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Treatment for OCD: serving Watford, St Albans, Bushey, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire & the surrounding areas.
What is OCD ?
OCD is a distressing anxiety disorder most commonly typified by a person’s brooding fixations and related compulsions (tasks or rituals) which are an attempt to negate the obsessions. The WHO (World Health Organisation) list OCD as one of the top 10 most debilitating illnesses in terms of loss of income and diminished quality of life. It is thought to affect some 2-3% of the UK population, which equates to over 1.2 million people.
OCD sufferers do recognise that such thoughts and behaviours are not rational but feel compelled to comply with them to avoid feelings of panic or dread. Sufferers appreciate the irrationality of this but feel powerless to refrain from it.
Intrusive thoughts and Compulsive rituals
OCD can manifest itself in many different forms but, in general, sufferers tend to experience unpleasant and invasive thoughts, images and impulses which they find difficult to disregard. These intrusive thoughts form the obsessional component of ‘Obsessive/Compulsive’ and they commonly (but not necessarily always) cause the person to carry out repetitive actions in a fruitless attempt to alleviate the obsessions and neutralise the fear. Sufferers try to counteract these thoughts by performing mental or physical rituals (the compulsions) which comprise of repeated actions such as hand washing, cleaning, checking or engaging in persistent brooding. Attempts to avoid the feared situation is also commonplace although this often leads to further preoccupation with obsessional thoughts.
It is typical for the individual to have a degree of resistance towards the habitual action but this is overridden by the powerful urge to perform the action. The principal intention behind the compulsive act is to produce temporary relief from the anxiety – and thus to feel a sense of being in control of their anxiety.
Pure ‘O’ is a form of OCD where the sufferer can have the obsessive thoughts but display no physical outward compulsions. Principally, these thoughts contain self harm or may be sexual in nature. It is for this reason that the thoughts become so invasive – if you felt no anxiety about thinking them, then you wouldn’t keep doing so ! Ordinarily, sufferers will then attach too much significance to these thoughts and fret that because they’ve had such terrible thoughts, it must mean that they are a terrible person or that they will act on them. Thus perpetuating more anxiety resulting in further intrusive thoughts.
Most sufferers are aware of the irrationality of their thoughts and behaviours but feel powerless to tackle them. This can have a hugely detrimental effect on their confidence and self esteem and as a result, their careers, relationships and lifestyles.
The Thrive Programme – Help for OCD
Discover how to get back REAL control over your thoughts and behaviours, instead of feeling that they are controlling you. People with OCD have certain ways of thinking and belief systems that maintain and escalate their symptoms, including feeling powerless and out of control. The result of this is then to try to over-control situations which only generates more anxiety and feelings of helplessness. I can teach you how to feel completely in control of your thoughts and feelings in just a few enlightening sessions.
This course of treatment does not contain any myths, magic or mumbo-jumbo. It is simply an empowering and liberating psychological training programme, created with proven scientific research, and with your input, it will give you the insight into the real reasons you have these thoughts and behaviours. You will find that it is much easier and faster than you ever believed to take control and get the life you desire!
Booking your free initial consultation couldn’t be easier.
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