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We all have our quirks, but obsessive behaviour can be an indicator of an anxiety disorder, or OCD - obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Counselling4you can help you with your OCD with several well tried and tested methods of therapy.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Nature of Anxiety

Everyone has his or her own way of doing things. Sometimes, we are even pretty insistent about them being done a certain way. A little anxiety is normal, even a lot of anxiety is normal with some people. But normal anxiety is not debilitating. And having to do things in just the right way for fear of something bad happening isn't an average quirk or being particular, it is anxiety that needs to be managed.

OCD: The Symptoms

OCD affects thousands of people every second of every day, symptoms most often appear before age 30. People with OCD have obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours (extreme routines or things that they "have" to do), or both.

Symptoms of OCD Include:

•    Thinking that your actions or thoughts will cause harm to yourself or someone else
•    Extreme need for a certain order of things
•    Excessively thinking about germs and illness
•    Going over and over the same things in your head
•    Repetitive behaviours
•    Constantly needing to touch or rearrange objects
•    Compulsive hand-washing or house cleaning
•    Compulsively checking (up to hundreds of times a day) things like alarms, locked doors, and unplugged fixtures
•    Inability to throw away items there is no reason to keep.

OCD: The Causes

It is not really understood what causes OCD. It may be related to Tourette syndrome, because as many as 20 percent of people who have OCD also suffer from tics, a common symptom of Tourette. It is often related to eating disorders and other anxiety disorders, and a family history of OCD may increase the risk. OCD may also be caused by an abnormality in the brain or as a result of injury or illness to the brain.

OCD: Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suffer with OCD, it can affect work, relationships, and your entire life as the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours begin controlling you and taking over. You may recognise that your thoughts and behaviour are extreme, but just do not know how to stop it, and are controlled by your anxiety. But OCD can be successfully managed and healed once you seek out and receive treatment for it.

Treatment often starts with doctors prescribing antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other types of antidepressants may be prescribed as well, but their side effects can be difficult to deal with.

In addition Counselling4you can offer you varied and proven methods to better manage, regulate and reduce the symptoms. Once the symptoms are under control we will then help you to explore the root causes of your anxiety and work towards a long term healing from this very difficult and life affecting problem.

We would offer you CBT which will teach you to face your fears and manage them without compulsive behaviours, as well as learn to control those obsessive thoughts. We will teach you how to soothe yourself with Mindfulness techniques, possibly use EMDR to process any deeper historical un-processed traumas/events/ and use our integrative approach of counselling to heal the root causes which are often the start of OCD.