OCD – Tips to help with OCD Part 5/6

  Postpone OCD rituals whenever you can – this will assist you in learning to sit with the anxiety Remember that unpleasant feelings always reduce when given enough time When you notice an obsessive thought arising, refocus your attention to something else Write down obsessive thoughts or worries Anticipate OCD urges– know your triggers and…

OCD – Factors that contribute to the development of OCD Part 3/6

Factors that contribute to the development of OCD OCD is a complex neurobiological disorder. There are various factors thought to influence the development of OCD. It is most likely an interaction between biological, psychological and social factors. Some of the factors thought to contribute to the development of OCD are: A genetic predisposition Ineffective functioning…

OCD – OCD in Children and Adolescents Part 2/6

OCD in children and adolescents The prevalence of OCD in children and adolescents is 1-3% of the population, similar to the number of adults who suffer from this debilitating condition. However many more have obsessive compulsive tendencies that are not clinically diagnosable but are noticeable nonetheless. OCD in children is often not identified and treated…

OCD – What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Part 1/6

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health issue which is distressing to sufferers and impairs their ability to function in daily life. OCD is characterised by persistent thoughts, ideas, images, doubts or impulses (obsessions) that are experienced as disturbing, along with repetitive behaviour or mental rituals (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety. Obsessions stimulate anxiety and…