What is Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that are hard to suppress. These thoughts and behaviors can become consuming, cause significant distress and get in the way of enjoying your life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get rid of them.
You understand these thoughts or rituals don't really make sense.
You may feel a lot of shame or are frustrated with yourself.
Symptoms may come and go, ease over time, or worsen.
OCD can be hard to transform on your own.
Numerous research studies conducted over the past twenty years have concluded that CBT is the treatment of choice for OCD. I've found this to be the case in my personal experience as a therapist, as well.
CBT methods are designed to help you identify automatic unrealistic thoughts and change the interpretations of the meaning of those thoughts. Negative thought patterns are replaced with believable positive ones - on a gut level, not in a "positive thinking" or "mantra" kind of way.
It takes weekly work in sessions and outside of session - and it's not always easy - but the the result is a huge decrease in anxiety and compulsions.
I've had countless clients break obsessive thoughts and compulsions - finally - for the first time in their lives. They get to experience freedom and ease in a new way. It's exciting to witness.
OCD is treatable. Peace and ease in daily life really is possible.