What Does It Feel Like Having Ocd?
People often say that OCD turns your mind into a battleground, leaving you constantly fending off thoughts and urges which others may call irrational or insignificant, but which feel frighteningly serious and real to you.
OCD thoughts and behaviours can occupy all of your time, exhausting your mind and body, and making you feel like you’re losing your grip on reality.
OCD can be accompanied by high anxiety where thoughts run in and out of your head without making any sense. You may feel hopeless and embarrassed to talk about your feelings because you’re scared that people won’t understand what you’re going through.
OCD thoughts can occupy most of your headspace making it hard to focus on your daily activities and your personal relationships, or to take any pleasure from life.
REMOTE SESSIONS – WORKING ONLINE WITH OUR TEAM
The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation is affecting us all.
We understand that the uncertainty and disruption to daily life this brings, can be an extra burden for people who are already struggling with anxiety, depression and other aspects of mental health.
All of our therapists are experienced in delivering remote sessions using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime, which means your therapy can continue online without disruption.
Our four central London locations currently remain open, and we are happy to see you in person as well.
Please book a call with our friendly and experienced assessment team who can explain how remote sessions can work for you.
We value creating a personal therapy that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements, and this month we have a Spring Promotion to provide greater access to our services.
Therapy is a space where you can work through challenging patterns, stressful relationships and compulsive behaviours that are limiting your life in some way.
We want to support people who struggle with their mental wellbeing and teach them new skills to manage situations in a healthier way.
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- This offer is available with all of our therapists, at all price points
- This offer is available to new EM clients only
- Offer ends on 31st March 2020
Treatment for OCD is lead by our therapists, with additional support available from our psychiatrist and nutrition team, meaning you can explore all areas that support greater health and wellbeing. Therapy for OCD may include:
- Looking at your intrusive thoughts (contamination, hurting others, harming yourself) irrational beliefs, excessive focus on specific areas, your rituals and work on challenging these beliefs and rituals
- Your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are the result of intense anxiety, and your anxiety is maintained and regulated through the OCD. This is why one main focus in therapy is to reduce your anxiety, and eventually eliminate it.
- Therapy will help you recognise the coping mechanisms that you use to deal with intense emotions (one of them being anxiety) and find different coping skills to help you process emotions in a healthier and more efficient way.
In more severe OCD, our psychiatrist can provide a medical assessment, and where necessary, prescribe medication to support a more balanced and stable mind.
Our nutrition team can help you rebalance your eating, lifestyle and sleep patterns, which can calm your physiology, and thereby reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety.
Tell us what is going on for you, and let us explain how we can help
OCD Self Help
Here are some self-help tips that can help you manage your OCD and make you feel more in control:
- Make a list of your anxious/obsessive thoughts, and explore each one asking if your fear is rational or realistic.
- Delay performing your compulsive action after the exposure to an obsessive thought or fear. By slowly extending the delay, you can ultimately resist the compulsion completely.
- Talk to someone you feel close to about your OCD. Sharing your obsessive thoughts will make them seem less powerful.
- Join a support group so you can learn from others, feel less isolated and increase your self-confidence.
- Look after yourself and improve your mood. Make sure you get enough sleep, do some regular exercise and eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Explore relaxation techniques, practice slow and deep breathing, or join a class like yoga or pilates.