Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - When constraints rule life
Obsessive compulsive disorder often go untreated for a long time. The background is a common sense of shame regarding the constraints. All the more it is important to clarify this disorder and to inform about treatment options.
How does an OCD show up?
The person affected by constraints has recurring thoughts that are intrusive and very uncomfortable.
These thoughts often include fears of contamination with bacteria or illness. Another common concern is to be responsible for a terrible event. Obsessive thoughts often include aggressive or sexual impulses associated with the fear of actually carrying them out.
In some cases, the person performs compulsive acts to calm down, e.g. washing the hands relieves worry about contamination. Sometimes the person calms down on an intellectual level, which can also be very restrictive.
Effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder
People affected by constraints are often severely impaired in everyday life, since the constraints often take a lot of time and effort, e.g. frequent checking that the door is really locked, returning home to check again, frequent brooding over having really done it correctly.
In addition, there are often difficulties with the environment, such as an employer annoyed by delays or a partner who loses their patience. Those affected often understand that their compulsory actions are out of proportion to potential risks, but they cannot help but carry them out.
This can result in feelings of shame, social withdrawal, sick leave and the development of depression.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder - what to do?
If you suspect an obsessive-compulsive disorder, get psychotherapeutic or medical help.
In our start: practices in Berlin and Wiesbaden, competent diagnostics for obsessive-compulsive disorders are carried out and individual options for psychotherapy are developed.
What does the treatment look like?
In psychotherapy, individual goals are first agreed upon and steps towards them made transparent.
The best evidence of efficacy is for exposure-based behavioral therapy, as it is also carried out in our start: practices. Your psychotherapist plans a difficult situation with you and guides you to deal with them without having acts under constraint. You retain full control over which situations you dare to do and when and which support you need.
With a non-binding initial discussion in our start: practices, you have the opportunity to tell us your personal concerns so that we can offer you individual treatment options based on the latest science.
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