OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
OCD Therapy | Marylebone | Central London
COUNSELLING FOR OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is an anxiety disorder that describes the obsessive and compulsive rituals, behaviours or thoughts that sufferers feel compelled to perform, usually in order to alleviate or relieve some anxiety, to keep others safe or to protect themselves or their loved ones.
The most common OCD rituals people engage in are: washing, tidying, arranging, checking, hoarding or particular actions around cleanliness and hygiene.
Underlying psychological or emotional trauma can also often be at the core of obsessive-compulsive behaviours. Many people find they develop obsessive-compulsions following a shock or fright during their lives or had an experience where they felt circumstances were very much outside of their control. Developing OCD tendencies then serve as a way to alleviate the deep sense of anxiety and help to regain some sense of control - however as the obsessive compulsive disorder progresses, as it often does, this can then cause further significant distress to the sufferer and their loved ones. Specific therapy for OCD can be very helpful in easing such drives.
Research shows links between brain biochemistry and OCD. Imbalances in the brain chemistry can be caused by a number of things including genetics, early life experiences, trauma, nutritional deficiencies and cognitive factors. Importantly the psychological issues involved in OCD, as well as any underlying biochemical imbalances, can be addressed naturally.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one type of therapy that is effective in helping people with OCD. Psychological therapy in itself can also help to adjust the brains biochemistry helping any sufferers to feel better and to feel more in control of their actions and behaviours. Micronutrition - vitamin and mineral deficiencies usually occur in those with symptoms of OCD and addressing these imbalances can be very helpful in treating OCD holistically.
For more information about a holistic approach to treating OCD please do not hesitate to get in touch via the online contact form.