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What is OCD?

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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

Video Transcription

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.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

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