Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When we think of obsessive-compulsive disorder, we think about compulsive hand washing and individuals who need things to be ordered or organized in a certain way. However, obsessions and compulsions are far broader. Obsession is rigid single-minded focus and compulsion is a strong urge to do something. This means that almost anything can be an obsession, and anything can be a compulsive action.

In obsessive-compulsive disorder time, energy, attention, and concentration are taken up by an intense focus on your worst thoughts combined with compulsions to undo, avoid or gain reassurance regarding these thoughts. These compulsions can be actions like handwashing to undo a thought regarding germs or mental such as praying to undo an impure thought.

Obsessiveness is not necessarily a bad thing. Being able to focus on one thing for a long time and think about the same thing over and over can create success, self-control, and integrity that few individuals can match. Obsessiveness when not properly guided, however, can interfere with your life and can chain you to intense fears of losing control, behaving immorally or catastrophic consequences occurring.

Treatment at Thriving Point for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can provide evidence-based techniques targeted at bringing your obsessive thoughts under control. Successful OCD therapy can help you live a more orderly life in line with your deeply held values.