How CBT can conquer obsessive compulsive disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that manifests itself in two key ways: obsessions and compulsions, both of which can cause serious distress to sufferers in all aspects of their lives.

Typical obsessive behaviours include very persistent and unwelcome thoughts or urges that cause significant anxiety to the sufferer. The constant worry that the person forgot to lock the front door, or an overwhelming dread of catching an infection are representative of the type of negative thought pattens associated with obsessive disorders.

Compulsions are characterised by either a physical or mental ritual that a person feels compelled to perform. These routines can include showering or bathing many times a day or repeating a task a specific number of times - such as turning a light switch on and off - with the misguided belief that something bad will happen if they don’t complete the ritual.

The condition can be incredibly distressing and confusing for the person. Time-consuming rituals or the constant fear that the door is unlocked are unhelpful and can stop the sufferer from leading a calm and fulfilled life.

CBT and OCD

There are several elements that can contribute towards a person developing OCD. It can be more pronounced in a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as a bereavement, abuse or neglect as a child, or if there is a family history of OCD.

With effective therapy, obsessive compulsive disorder can be successfully treated. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly effective, evidence-based treatment that is commonly used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions.

It’s a method of treatment that focuses on exploring and understanding the often ingrained and deeply distressing negative thought patterns that have developed as a result of obsessive and compulsion behaviours.

An accredited CBT therapist will help their client appraise, process and respond to their emotional and physical feelings in a healthier manner. CBT also teaches mindfulness techniques to give individuals the confidence and tools they need to take control of their OCD.

Jamie Dempsey has significant experience working in NHS secondary mental healthcare with Complex Care Community Mental Health Treatment. He has a proven record in successfully helping clients to conquer their obsessive and compulsive behaviours and resume a fulfilling and happier life.

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How CBT can conquer obsessive compulsive disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that manifests itself in two key ways: obsessions and compulsions, both of which can cause serious distress to sufferers in all aspects of their lives.

Typical obsessive behaviours include very persistent and unwelcome thoughts or urges that cause significant anxiety to the sufferer. The constant worry that the person forgot to lock the front door, or an overwhelming dread of catching an infection are representative of the type of negative thought patterns associated with obsessive disorders.

Compulsions are characterised by either a physical or mental ritual that a person feels compelled to perform. These routines can include showering or bathing many times a day or repeating a task a specific number of times - such as turning a light switch on and off - with the misguided belief that something bad will happen if they don’t complete the ritual.

The condition can be incredibly distressing and confusing for the person. Time-consuming rituals or the constant fear that the door is unlocked are unhelpful and can stop the sufferer from leading a calm and fulfilled life.

CBT and OCD

There are several elements that can contribute towards a person developing OCD. It can be more pronounced in a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as a bereavement, abuse or neglect as a child, or if there is a family history of OCD.

With effective therapy, obsessive compulsive disorder can be successfully treated. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly effective, evidence-based treatment that is commonly used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions.

It’s a method of treatment that focuses on exploring and understanding the often ingrained and deeply distressing negative thought patterns that have developed as a result of obsessive and compulsion behaviours.

An accredited CBT therapist will help their client appraise, process and respond to their emotional and physical feelings in a healthier manner. CBT also teaches mindfulness techniques to give individuals the confidence and tools they need to take control of their OCD.

Jamie Dempsey has significant experience working in NHS secondary mental healthcare with Complex Care Community Mental Health Treatment. He has a proven record in successfully helping clients to conquer their obsessive and compulsive behaviours and resume a fulfilling and happier life.