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OCD can take many forms:
Hand-washing - obsessive thoughts - rituals.
For the person who suffers with OCD it can be an invisible disability. The person feels compelled to complete the ritual several times before going out, picking up the phone or even switching on the TV.
Usually there is a reason behind the behaviour - the person isn't mad. They are often stuck in a loop of magical thinking. This is similar to when we are children, that we believe that Father Christmas will bring us presents for being good. It doesn't mean that the adult person is a child or mentally deficient in some way - often people with OCD have to work very hard to maintain their lives and relationships - they are often very bright and successful people apart from this one thing that they have to do.
is a very stuck way
of thinking that can ultimatyely damage a person's health, their
their career prospects and many other aspects of their lives, so all
that extra effort can have been in vain.
Often the OCD is a symptom of a fear - once the reason for the fear is uncovered a positive change is able to take place. Stress tends to make compulsions more necessary; by changing the way in which you deal with the stress you can reduce or eliminate OCD completely.
With the support of a
psychotherapist it is possible for clients to make the changes they
want to make - without feeling pressurised or judged. Learning simple
skills such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and self-hypnosis
have proved enormously beneficial to clients with this problem.
Please ask if you want some advice.