Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive behaviour buds from the inability to be able to stop thinking about a particular idea or topic. These thoughts are present in a stereotyped form and are often thought of as shameful and unpleasant. Compulsive behaviour is the need to perform certain behaviours repeatedly. Best treatment options are Obsessive compulsive disorders psychotherapy, Obsessive compulsive disorders counselling, Obsessive compulsive disorders cognitive behavioural therapy

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

01 What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

  • According to WHO, anxiety disorders like OCD are more prevalent in developed countries
  • Children may not be able to identify the compulsive thought behind their repetitive behaviour
  • OCD has equal prevalence rate amongst gender
  • OCD generally occurs in adolescents and young adulthood.
  • OCD has varied sub-themes such as washers, checkers, arrangers, hoarders etc.

02 What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

  • Genetic Causes- Higher tendency if the first degree of relatives are affected
  • Neurobiological cause such as Brain serotonin levels
  • Cognitive causes such as object fear association and Behavioural causes such as rituals, superstitions
  • Triggering Environment Causes and Traumatic brain injury

03 Symptoms Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

  • Stucked thought
  • Apprehension
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Need to carry out the action
  • Being in a continuous loop
  • Fear of losing control
  • Double- checking and reassurance
  • Obsessive Thoughts

04 Treatment

  • Medication such as antidepressants for mood stability and symptom reduction
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for enhanced understanding of ones thought pattern and behaviour and for an alteration of behaviour.
  • Family and group therapy for support, encouragement, social adjustment and reduction in conflict
  • Changes in lifestyle including regular exercise, balanced diet, proper sleep and avoiding alcohol and nicotine

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How is the diagnosis done in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy?

Psychological Assessment- In order to ascertain whether you have obsessions or compulsive behaviors that affect your quality of life, this involves talking about your thoughts, feelings, symptoms, and behavioral patterns. This may involve speaking with your family or friends with your consent.

OCD diagnostic standards- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) issued by the American Psychiatric Association may be used by your online therapist.

Physical Exam- This could be done to look for any associated consequences and to help rule out any other issues that could be the source of your symptoms.

What are examples of obsessive thoughts?

Obsessions are intrusive, unwelcome ideas that are extremely stressful. Examples comprise:

  • Fear of dirt or pathogens.
  • Fear of hurting another person.
  • Apprehension about making a mistake.
  • Fear of being humiliated in front of others.
  • Feelings of distaste or skepticism.
  • Need for order, neatness, symmetry or perfection.
  • Continual need for reassurance
  • Sexual ideas that society would find offensive.

What are examples of compulsive behaviors?

Compulsions are behaviors performed in an effort to overcome obsessions or nervousness. Examples comprise:

  • Putting things in highly exact arrangements, like the stuff on your dresser.
  • Repeatedly bathing, cleaning, or hand-washing.
  • Continually inspecting particular items, such a lock or a heater.
  • Hoarding or collecting goods that are worthless in terms of money or value.
  • Always making sure you haven't harmed anyone.
  • Reciting certain phrases or prayers while carrying out other chores, or counting repeatedly.
  • Consuming meals in a particular order.
  • Refusing to shake hands or touch things like doorknobs that are frequently touched by others.
  • Doing an action a set number of times, such as turning on and off a light switch seven times every time.

Obsessive compulsive disorder therapy

Consult HopeQure’s Online therapist if your daily life is being impacted by your OCD symptoms. An online therapist for obsessive compulsive disorder counselling can suggest the following approaches:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This form of psychotherapy involves changing one's thoughts and behaviors. You will speak with a therapist who will assist you in exploring and comprehending your feelings and thoughts. Through a series of sessions in obsessive compulsive disorder counselling, CBT can assist you in breaking bad behaviors and possibly replacing them with more beneficial coping mechanisms.

Medication Tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) may be helpful. They raise serotonin levels.

Exposure and response prevention therapy (EX/RP)- Here you engage in the anxiety-inducing behavior. The therapist then stops you from reacting with compulsion. For instance, the therapist can ask you to touch something filthy but not allow you from washing your hands afterwards.

What happens if CBT and medicines for OCD are ineffective? If CBT and medication are ineffective for treating OCD, a healthcare professional may consider the following methods to reduce anxiety and lift mood:

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): Electrodes are placed to the head during electroconvulsive therapy. These wires jolt the brain with electricity. Small seizures are brought on by the shocks, which aid in the brain's chemical release.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stimulates the brain. Using a magnetic device that is positioned on the head, the brain receives electrical signals from it. The brain releases chemicals that are known to lift mood as a result of the impulses.

The Therapist might advise practicing mindfulness to treat OCD and enhance the efficacy of other OCD treatments.

When to Start Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Counselling?

There is a distinction between having OCD and being a perfectionist, that is someone who demands faultless performance or outcomes. OCD thoughts go beyond excessive worry about actual issues in your life or a preference for order or cleanliness.

Consult HopeQure’s online therapist for Obsessive compulsive disorder therapy if your obsessions and compulsions are impacting your quality of life.

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