Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD Psychologist Sunshine Coast
Many people experience the occasional upsetting out-of-the-blue thought, or double-check something they know they have already done, like going back to make sure the car is locked.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs when these types of thoughts or behaviours happen repeatedly and frequently, to the point where they interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Almost 3 percent of Australians experience a form of OCD at some stage of their life. OCD can affect children, adolescents and adults.
The condition is characterised by either or both obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurring and persistent thoughts, images or impulses, which are often distressing. Compulsions are certain behaviours, rituals or mental acts that are carried out repeatedly.
Some people experience both obsessions and compulsions, while others may experience just one or the other. Either way, the symptoms of OCD can be exhausting, time-consuming and upsetting for the person.
For some people, the onset of OCD may be triggered by a major life event such as the loss of a loved one, the birth of a child, or a relationship breakdown. For others, OCD can develop gradually with no particular trigger.
Common obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours include:
- Fear of germs
- Excessive worry about personal safety or the safety of others
- Exaggerated worrying about health (health anxiety)
- Excessive cleaning or hand washing
- Repeatedly checking for safety – e.g. making sure doors are locked or appliances are switched off
- Placing and ordering objects in a particular pattern or making things look symmetrical
- Mentally reciting phrases
- Repeatedly counting objects
Seeing a Sunshine Coast Psychologist or Counsellor
If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD and find that they are affecting your work, school, or home life, our Sunshine Coast Psychology team are here to help. Our Psychologists are empathetic, non-judgmental and confidential.
Your Psychologist will work with you to implement evidence-based psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and stress management strategies, to help you move forward.
With expert psychological care, OCD can be effectively managed and you can feel your best and live a quality life.