Obsessive- Compulsive disorder or OCD is part of the anxiety spectrum and involves intrusive and obsessional thoughts often followed by compulsive urges.
These obsessions can be overwhelming and the only way they can be relieved is by repeating the action until they stop.
It becomes a disorder where the thoughts and compulsions become prohibitive on a persons life and interferes massively with their daily living.
Stereotypes have been created for this condition, amongst which, is that this disorder causes people to become neat and tidy but it is far more complex than that making daily living very difficult for people suffering with this condition. Often the greatest challenge is getting those close to the individual to fully understand the illness.
It is possible for someone with OCD to learn how to manage their symptoms and the best way of achieving this is through counselling support.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps by teaching the person that it isn’t the thoughts that are the major problem, but what the individual makes of those thoughts and how they act on them.
CBT can also help stop anxieties and behaviours from getting stronger by exposing the person to a stressful situation, which over time becomes the norm thus neutralising the compulsive actions.