OCD Obsessive compulsive problems / difficulties.
Do you seem to be fighting against yourself constantly? Fighting against the obessions, ruminations (constant, unwanted, intrusive thoughts) and/or the urge, compulsion to do some action repeatedly? (Carrying out ritualistic behaviour such as excessive checking, cleaning, or other).
“It takes up so much of my energy/time”.
Some of the most upsetting unwanted thoughts that keep coming include: thoughts of an aggressive or sexual nature; thoughts about socially inappropriate behaviour; thoughts leading to self-doubt and perhaps checking and; thoughts around cleanliness. Do you place too much emphasis on certain thoughts and ideas, compared to other people?
While most of us have unusual thoughts from time to time for those really struggling with this, it’s so very unacceptable to have and emotionally wearing. “It’s not like me to have such thoughts; it’s not who I am”.
Having doubt, for example, about if on your last drive you ran over someone, leads to a high state of anxiety and a difficulty to think calmly about that likelihood, a wish to avoid having such thoughts again (perhaps leading to situational avoidance) or other ways to try to control and/or cancel out the potential associated harm.
Work with one of our non-judgemental Clinical Psychologist for OCD help (Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD difficulties), to build up a good, trusting, accepting, relationship where you can bravely disclose your darkest fears can be very helpful to overcome your difficulties with unwanted, intrusive thoughts or the urge to carry out ritualistic behaviour.
Depending on the nature of your difficulties, how long you have been doing something repeatedly, etc., there are likely to be home practice tasks agreed between you and your Clinical Psychologist for between appointments too. (Counselling for OCD is not the suggested way forward; therapy is.)
See also: Difficulties with managing your emotions; Anger issues; Anxiety and worry; Depression / low mood; Trauma (including Complex Trauma); PTSD; Relationship difficulties; Self-confidence and; Self-esteem.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.