Obsessive Compulsive Disorders can rule your life. The Apex Practice in Harley Street, London are here to help you break the cycle and get you back to enjoying life
What is an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
People with obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) have obsessions, compulsions or both. 'Obsessions' are thoughts, mental pictures or impulses that are upsetting and recurring.
'Compulsions' are actions that people feel they have to perform to keep from feeling anxious or to prevent something bad from happening. Most people with OCD suffer from both obsessions and compulsions.
These are the main types that most people will recognise, but the list of different types of obsessive compulsive disorders and their symptoms is by no means exhaustive. The symptoms of OCD are usually very stressful and overwhelming so it is important to note that if you are experiencing continuously unwanted thoughts that are hindering your day to day life or distressing you then it may be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Common obsessions include:
Fear of getting a disease (e.g. Aids or Cancer).
Fear of touching poisons (e.g. pesticides).
Fear of hurting or killing someone (often a loved one).
Fear of forgetting to do something (e.g. turning off the oven or locking the door).
Fear of doing something embarrassing (e.g. shouting obscenities).
Common compulsions include:
1. Washing or cleaning (e.g. washing one's hands many times a day)
2. Checking (e.g. looking at a gas hob repeatedly to make sure it is off)
3. Repeating actions (always turning a light switch on and off)
4. Hoarding or saving things (e.g. keeping old newspapers etc.)
5. Putting objects in a set pattern (such as making sure everything in a room is symmetrical)
How we can help you overcome obsessive compulsive disorders
The Apex Practice has extensive experience in helping individuals overcome their obsessive compulsive disorders however they manifest. With a wide variety of proven techniques that can be tailored and adapted to your individual circumstances we can help you break free from obsessive compulsive disorders and live a happy and fulfilled life again.
Responsive prevention and exposure therapies
– A repeated exposure to the obsession, then help in re-framing the usual compulsive behaviour you exhibit.
Cognitive behaviourial therapies (CBT)
– A focus on the thoughts and exaggerated feelings of responsibility and then looking at healthy ways to respond to these thoughts.
To get you started on the path to a life free from obsessive compulsive disorders call The Apex Practice on