OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. It is the term given when an individual suffers from unwanted obsessions and compulsions, typically related to fears such as being contaminated by the environment, losing control and harming someone, a fear of contracting a serious illness or even strong unwanted sexual thoughts.
As a means to control these thoughts you may feel comfortable undertaking repetitive behaviours, such as checking and rechecking that a door is locked, cleaning, counting or repetition of phrases in your mind or our loud, or have a requirement to have objects in symmetry or specific order. OCD can affect anyone at any time.
OCD, is classed as an anxiety disorder, however, having OCD can itself trigger anxiety if you fight or flight mode in order to protect yourself from further obsessive thoughts or when compulsions prevent you from carrying out their normal everyday activities.
The good news is that it can be treated and controlled through CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), managing stress levels and by using relaxation techniques to alleviate symptoms. Sometimes treating underlying issues such as self-esteem and perfectionism can also help alleviate some of the symptoms. At RED DOOR we have experience in the treatment of OCD and may involve other specialist if your anxiety requires additional support.