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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterised by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can interfere with daily life and cause significant distress.


  • Obsessions: Unwanted, repetitive thoughts, images, or impulses that are intrusive and often cause anxiety or distress.

  • Compulsions: Repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels compelled to perform to reduce the anxiety or distress caused by their obsessions.

  • Examples of common obsessions and compulsions include excessive hand-washing, checking locks or appliances, counting and arranging items in a particular order, and repetitive praying or mental rituals.


The exact cause of OCD is unknown, but it is believed

to be related to an imbalance of certain chemicals in

the brain, genetics, and environmental factors.


OCD can be treated through a combination of therapy and medication.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that can help individuals with OCD learn to identify and manage their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

  • Antidepressant medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can also be effective in reducing the symptoms of OCD.

Living with OCD Living with OCD can be challenging, but it is important to remember that help is available. Individuals with OCD are encouraged to reach out to a mental health professional for support and treatment.

Conclusion Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that can cause significant distress, but with proper treatment, individuals with OCD can lead fulfilling lives. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of OCD, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional.

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Our therapists based in Preston & Penwortham offer several options for treatment of OCD available depending on your independent problem, needs and goals. 

  • CBT is widely used to treat OCD, it involves an intervention known as Exposure and Response prevention (ERP), alongside other anxiety interventions such as relaxation and grounding techniques.

  • Counselling may be more appropriate for children and adolescents to explore their emotions through play/art and talking therapy


To find out more about our therapy options and to receive a recommendation on which therapy would be most appropriate for you, please click on the button below to book a free consultation.

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