What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Mental health issues affect people around the globe on a day to day basis. It presents itself in different forms varying in causes and symptoms. Among those is OCD, a mental health anxiety issue, which is very common and causes the individual affected to experience various OCD symptoms such as depression, anxiety, hopelessness, isolation, etc. A continuous loop of obsessions is what triggers these symptoms, which then lead to compulsions, causing hindrance to the smooth running of a person’s daily life.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder comprises of a chain of distressing thoughts, impulses or images (obsessions). This results in the person experiencing it to go through a considerable amount of anxiety and discomfort. This leads the person to engage in mental acts or repetitive behaviours (compulsions) in order to minimize the discomfort caused by the obsessions. Compulsions are often performed in a way that is very specific or even ritualistic, and could continue for a significant period of time.
The following is a list of common obsessive themes and compulsive rituals:
- Fear of losing control by harming themselves or others
- Fear of acting out inappropriately
- Fear of contamination of germs to themselves or others
- Religious Obsessions
- Intrusive Sexual thoughts and images
- Intrusive Violent thoughts and images
- Order and Symmetry
- A need for perfection
- Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches
- Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe
- Counting, tapping, reading the same lines over and over and repeating certain words
- Excessive Checking the internet for reassurance
- Excessive mental checking
- Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning
- Ordering or arranging things in an exact way
- Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear
People with OCD act on compulsions in order to relieve the anxiety feelings and discomfort associated with the Obsessions.
The triggering thought/image/Urge (Obsessions) results in intense feelings of Anxiety, which leads the Individual to act compulsively (Rituals) in an effort to relieve that distress.
This only provides temporary relief and actually reinforces the compulsive behaviour, for the simple reason that we are naturally more likely to repeat any behaviour that results in a reduction of anxiety thus leading you to do more compulsions the next time the anxiety appears.
This loop is the obsessive- compulsive cycle.
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OCD Specialist Galway
OCD Galway provides a natural therapy that reduces the fear associated with the intrusive thoughts which in turn reduces the compulsions as the Nervous system becomes balanced with the practise of the specific ocd techniques,
In order to effectively treat individuals experiencing OCD, OCD specialist Galway offers a transformational program which is based on the ancient system of Kundalini Yoga. This program involves a 11-part protocol specific for treating OCD with the main focus on a breath technique called the “OCD Breath”.
Two published clinical trials have been conducted to show the efficacy of these techniques for the treatment of OCD by David Shannohoff Khalsa who is a researcher in mind-body dynamics, and his work is published widely in scientific journals.