Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Do you feel hijacked by incessant anxious thoughts about bad things that might happen? Do you try to quieten excessive worry by attending to certain tasks repetitively, in an effort to avoid negative consequences and feel more in control? Are some of the things you do recognisably excessive or irrational and yet you can't stop yourself? Do you fixate on disturbing thoughts that won't leave you alone?
OCD is often misunderstood and minimised as being a preoccupation with neatness or cleanliness. In reality, the condition is far more serious and complex. Symptoms of OCD can be as individual as you are unique, so you might be unsure whether you have a significant problem. On the contrary, you might be so overwhelmed by your symptoms they’ve overtaken your life.
You’ll experience unwanted, sometimes disturbing, thoughts that won’t leave your mind and perhaps have mental images or urges to carry out behaviours that compel you to action in spite of yourself. OCD is likely to leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, hyper-vigilant, uneasy, on-edge and holding deep-seated shame.
OCD doesn’t always involve compulsive or repetitive behaviours or a preoccupation with uniformity, neatness and cleanliness as commonly understood. Sometimes it’s just obsessional thoughts. Hoarding behaviour is closely linked to OCD. One of the most distressing things about living with OCD is you feel in a constant battle with yourself, listening to relentless arguments in your head with one side wanting to stop behaviours that you recognise as excessive or irrational, and the other side compelling you to carry out the behaviours regardless. This perpetual internal debate can be exhausting, incredibly frustrating and shame-inducing. Many people are secretive about their experiences and fear either negative judgement or mockery from others.
The course explores the possible causes of your OCD, including any trauma you might’ve experienced in life (particularly as a child), your family history, relationship history, individual personality and adopted defence mechanisms. Gaining these insights and self awareness gives you the platform to start managing your symptoms and break free from the internal prison of OCD. Many approaches will be available for you to try, so you can find the one that works for you personally. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) can be incredibly effective at managing symptoms and giving you a practical coping ‘toolkit’. However the course goes one-step further by tackling the underlying core issues, so positive outcomes are life-changing and long-lasting.