Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety disorder and how sufferers usually engage in a compulsive behaviour to manage an obsessive or intrusive thought. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety disorder. And people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have certain obsessions. So this manifests themselves in rumination or intrusive thought and then they engage in a compulsive behaviour in order to manage the obsessive thought or intrusive thought. So, for instance, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder might be a fear of contamination. So if I have a fear that if I touch a surface then I’m gonna get germs, and I’m going to get very, very ill, I might even die. So the thoughts are extremely catastrophic in that situation, then that obsessive thought comes into my mind very automatically every time say, for instance, I’m touching a door handle or I’m even in my own home in my kitchen or I’m in any space where I have a worry about germs. And then what I do as a result is that I might repetitively wash my hands every time I touch something to the point that my hands might end up, you know, being severely damaged as a result of sort of this compulsive behaviour.