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Are you struggling with OCD?
 

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WHAT IS OCD?

OCD is the 4th most common psychiatric illness & the 10th leading cause of disability in the world (1). OCD is associated with significant impairment in functioning, quality of life & disability.

It manifests as a complex system of obsessions & compulsions which result in ritualistic, self-serving & habitual attempts to reduce the emotional discomfort associated with both the obsessions and carrying out the compulsions. The obsessions are based around sub-sets, known often as 'sub-types' with recurrent themes of hyper-responsibility, contamination, religion, relationships, sexuality, metaphysical issues, loss of control, lack of certainty or public shame and humiliation. These drive, & in turn, are driven by, a complicated set of compulsions mistakenly designed to relieve the associated emotional discomfort.

Obsessions & compulsions can adapt and change, either worsening or improving with periods of remission and relapse. 

If untreated, OCD can be a lifespan, chronic condition with significant implications for the sufferer, their employment, social life, family & relationships. The lead times between onset & seeking help have reduced from an erstwhile 11 years but could be greatly improved given that the prognosis is improved with early treatment. OCD can be a covert condition where sufferers are secretive about their symptoms & suffer from

shame & embarrassment.

(1) Murray CJ, Lopez AD. The Global Burden of Disease: A Comprehensive Assessment of Mortality and Morbidity from Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors in 1990 and Projected to 2020.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1996. 

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RELATIONSHIP OCD

Relationship OCD or ROCD, has gained momentum over the last 10 years. This may be attributed to greater awareness of this sub-type or the influence of growing media coverage of relationships. We were the first practice to use this term in 2003 when it there was little awareness of these particular symptoms.

RESPONSIBILITY OCD

Responsibility OCD, sometimes known as Harm OCD, is the most commonly presenting sub-type in our experience. There are many ways it manifests and this is one example of the highly distressing thoughts and emotions associated with Responsibility OCD.

TWO COMMON OCD SUBTYPES

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