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Apex Practice London

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders can rule your life. The Apex Practice in Harley Street, London are here to help you break the cycle and get you back to enjoying life

What is an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

People with obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) have obsessions, compulsions or both. 'Obsessions' are thoughts, mental pictures or impulses that are upsetting and recurring.

'Compulsions' are actions that people feel they have to perform to keep from feeling anxious or to prevent something bad from happening. Most people with OCD suffer from both obsessions and compulsions.

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More about OCD Therapy & Treatment with Apex Practice

Psychotherapy and counselling is one of the proven successful methods for helping people overcome their obsessive compulsive disorder. Our OCD treatment programmes aim to help you control your obsessions and any regular compulsive actions you complete.

At our Harley Street clinic in London, together with your psychotherapist you will begin to break down the root cause of your obsession and minimise the anxiety you experience from the issue as you perceive it. You will find that often the reality of the matter which triggers your obsessive compulsion is not as severe or serious as you believe. Consequently you can begin to confront the automatic thoughts you have and start to break its connection to your behaviour.

We appreciate that dealing with OCD involves having to deal with a constant cycle of unwanted intrusive thoughts, urges to complete your compulsions which often cannot be ignored and having to regularly manage your feelings of anxiety and fear. Constantly dealing with this as you aim to continue with your everyday business tends to leave some people feeling isolated with no way out. However the Apex Practice has helped countless people understand their obsessive compulsive disorder and over time manage to overcome it. Our qualified team of psychotherapists will formulate a counselling and therapy programme specifically for you.

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The main types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

These are the main types that most people will recognise, but the list of different types of obsessive compulsive disorders and their symptoms is by no means exhaustive. The symptoms of OCD are usually very stressful and overwhelming so it is important to note that if you are experiencing continuously unwanted thoughts that are hindering your day to day life or distressing you then it may be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Common obsessions include:

  • Fear of getting a disease (e.g. Aids or Cancer).
  • Fear of touching poisons (e.g. pesticides).
  • Fear of hurting or killing someone (often a loved one).
  • Fear of forgetting to do something (e.g. turning off the oven or locking the door).
  • Fear of doing something embarrassing (e.g. shouting obscenities).

Common compulsions include:

  1. Washing or cleaning (e.g. washing one's hands many times a day)
  2. Checking (e.g. looking at a gas hob repeatedly to make sure it is off)
  3. Repeating actions (always turning a light switch on and off)
  4. Hoarding or saving things (e.g. keeping old newspapers etc.)
  5. Putting objects in a set pattern (such as making sure everything in a room is symmetrical)

How we can help you overcome obsessive compulsive disorders

The Apex Practice has extensive experience in helping individuals overcome their obsessive compulsive disorders however they manifest. With a wide variety of proven techniques that can be tailored and adapted to your individual circumstances we can help you break free from obsessive compulsive disorders and live a happy and fulfilled life again.

  • Responsive prevention and exposure therapies – A repeated exposure to the obsession, then help in re-framing the usual compulsive behaviour you exhibit.
  • Cognitive behaviourial therapies (CBT) – A focus on the thoughts and exaggerated feelings of responsibility and then looking at healthy ways to respond to these thoughts.

To get you started on the path to a life free from obsessive compulsive disorders call The Apex Practice on 0207 467 8536