Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Are you stuck in seemingly endless loops of checking, washing, counting, arranging, replaying things in your mind, or doing mental rituals? Are you feeling tormented by unwanted, intrusive, anxious or “bad” thoughts?
These are common experiences for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and affects around 1.9% of adults in Australia. It can be extremely distressing and disabling which is often misunderstood in general culture. I am sure you have heard someone say “Oh I’m a bit OCD” – often in reference to something like checking the door lock a couple of times or enjoying the house to be neat and tidy. This is oceans apart from the actual experience of those living with OCD where obsessions (i.e. repeated, unwanted, distressing, intrusive thoughts) and compulsions (i.e. repetitive physical or mental acts aimed at alleviating the obsessional distress) take up more and more of life – at times reaching levels that are extremely distressing and disabling. The good news is that people can recover well from OCD with appropriate support and treatment. At Winkler Psychology, we offer psychological treatment for OCD guided by the latest scientific research and best practice.