OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD): what it is and how we can help
OCD involves having obsessional, intrusive thoughts or performing repetitive (compulsive) acts or both. The sufferer may recognise that these thoughts and behaviours are not useful and are "out of character" for them. But it is very hard to manage OCD alone, as resisting these behaviours and ignoring the thoughts usually creates strong feelings of anxiety. At Fernwood we treat this serious health condition, with many clients recovering from it completely.
You may experience some of the following symptoms:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is found to be very effective in treatment of OCD. The specific variation of the therapy is known as "Exposure and Response Prevention" (ERP). The therapy involves gradual exposure to the feared object or obsession and learning to manage the anxiety without performing the obsessive actions.
For some clients, incorporating a more cognitive approach which involves tackling the obsessive, intrusive thoughts more directly might also be necessary.
If you have any questions about how Fernwood can help you with OCD, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org