If you are frequently distressed by the same thought, or if you feel compelled to do something over and over again, it could be a sign you have an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). For many people with OCD, these thoughts can be intrusive and upsetting, leading them to repeat behaviours to temporarily feel better.
OCD is a common mental health condition that can be very distressing and difficult to manage.
The good news is that there are treatments and coping strategies that help you feel more in control.
Most people with OCD usually experience frequent unpleasant thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
Common signs of OCD include:
The obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours vary from person to person. For example, you might worry about cleanliness or feel the need to check the oven is off.
The thought or behaviour often doesn't matter in itself – the problem is that you feel distressed, not in control or able to cope.
Online therapy can be an effective way to treat OCD. It's recommended by the NHS for mild and moderate cases.
At Livi Mental Health, our therapists specialise in a form of online therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CBT teaches you practical ways to improve your state of mind and help control your feelings. Our therapists use evidence-based techniques to reframe negative thoughts and break patterns of behaviour.
The treatment we offer depends on what you need – and what you want, of course. After discussing how you feel, your therapist will design a treatment plan to suit you.