Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which may cause difficulties for one in performing daily activities and social interaction. People with OCD have recurring and unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsive).
Some examples of compulsions:
- Cleaning – Some people spend hours washing themselves or cleaning their surroundings.
- Repeating – To dispel anxiety, some people utter a name or phrase or repeat a behavior several times. They know these repetitions will not actually guard them against injury, but fear harm will occur if repetitions are not done.
- Checking – To reduce the fear of harming oneself or others, some people develop checking rituals. For example, some people repeatedly retrace driving routes to be sure they have not hit anyone.
- Ordering and arranging – To reduce discomfort, some people like to put objects such as books in certain order or arrange household items in a symmetric fashion.
- Mental compulsions – to respond to intrusive obsessive thoughts, some people silently pray or say phrases to reduce anxiety or prevent dreaded future events.
At Singapore Counselling Centre, our counselor will analyze each patient condition and proceeded with the customized treatment plan that will be suitable for each individual. Although there is no cure for the obsessive-compulsive disorder, but there are methods of treatments that can be implemented in helping people with OCD, such as; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
If left untreated, OCD can interfere in all aspects of life. If you think you have OCD, make an online request for an appointment with our professional counselors for ways to treat your anxiety.
Take that step to free yourself from anxiety!