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Compulsive thoughts and behaviour

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.

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Symptoms of OCD

Most people with OCD usually experience frequent unpleasant thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

Common signs of OCD include:

  • worrying about the same thing over and over
  • feeling the need to think about something to stop something bad from happening
  • doing the same thing repeatedly to relieve anxiety

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.

How online therapy helps

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.

Talk to a therapist today?

Take care of your mental health and wellbeing from the comfort of your own home with our online therapy service.
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