Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions). These behaviours are performed in an attempt to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions, but they often provide only temporary relief and can significantly interfere with daily functioning.

Three Examples of OCD include:

1. Contamination Obsessions and Cleaning Compulsions: A person persistently worries about germs and contamination. To alleviate this anxiety, they may wash their hands excessively or clean their surroundings repeatedly, sometimes for hours each day.

2. Doubt and Checking: An individual may repeatedly check if doors are locked or appliances are turned off. This can result from an irrational fear that they will be responsible for harm if they don’t check multiple times, leading to significant time lost and distress.

3. Order and Symmetry: Someone may feel a strong need to arrange objects in a specific order or symmetry. If the order is disrupted, they may experience intense discomfort and spend excessive time rearranging items to feel “just right.”

OCD is typically diagnosed through clinical evaluation and can be effectively managed with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), particularly exposure and response prevention (ERP), and sometimes medication management.

If you feel like you are struggling with OCD, book your complimentary 15-minute initial consultation to see if Lawson Collab is the right fit for you.