Obsessive compulsive disorder – shortened to OCD – can be a somewhat confusing term whether someone has it in Bournemouth, Dorset or elsewhere. This is because there is a huge difference between an obsession and a compulsion.
Obsessions can be in the form of obsessive thoughts or behaviours, and compulsions in the form of compulsive thoughts or compulsive behaviours. Some people are troubled by both of these.
We have all checked the door a second time despite knowing it’s already locked, but this is the thin end of the wedge for sufferers of OCD. Their lives can be ruled by rituals and behaviours designed to alleviate their anxieties.
Is OCD common in Bournemouth and Dorset?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is far more common than you may imagine across the UK, affecting as many as three in a hundred people.
People with OCD experience repetitive, intrusive and unwelcome thoughts, images, impulses and sensations, which they find all but impossible to ignore. Compulsive behaviours then develop in a vain attempt to ward off these intrusions.
Rituals are a common example of such compulsive behaviours. These are sometimes very mild, with superstitions like stroking an ornament for luck before performing on stage. But they can be severe – in the case of one anorexic with advanced OCD – she would wash her hands seven times, then put on gloves before counting 37 perfectly shaped raisins to eat for lunch.
Can young people get OCD?
Yes. Children and adolescents’ issues are often very similar to those of adults, in fact, many adults report they had their first OCD symptoms as children.
Many young children have a phase of harmless rituals, such as wanting a special toy at bedtime, or avoiding treading on cracks in the pavement. This is not a cause for concern and is not OCD.
If however, the young person is aged 13 or above, and as a parent you are concerned because the rituals go beyond such behaviours, upset your child, or perhaps take up a lot of time and thereby interfere with their everyday life (like school, hobbies or friends), we would be happy to help.
If the young person concerned is under 13, it may well be worth asking for advice from your G.P and, if necessary, seeing a specialist child psychologist or psychiatrist.
The treatments for children with OCD in Bournemouth and Dorset are usually similar to the treatments used with adults.
Can OCD be treated?
They key to overcoming OCD lies in acceptance that there is a world of difference between feeling better – and getting better. Each time you give in to an OCD behaviour it may make you feel better temporarily but only resisting will help you get better in the long term.
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Our recent interview on BBC Radio about OCD
This page was written by Mr T.Roberts, Consultant Psychotherapist. Learn more.