Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University is a practising Clinical Psychologist with a lifetime’s experience in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. In this brief video he explains what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is, answering questions such as how common it is and how it can be effectively treated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
OCD occurs when people have ongoing, unwanted/intrusive thoughts and fears that cause anxiety – often called obsessions. These make people feel the need to carry out certain rituals in order to feel less anxious (known as compulsions).
- repetitive thoughts or concerns that are not about real life problems (thoughts are usually alien to the individual’s belief system)
- performing the same activity repeatedly and in a very ordered, precise and similar way each time.
- feeling relieved in the short term by doing these things, but soon feeling the need to repeat them.
- recognising that these feelings, thoughts and behaviour patterns are unreasonable, that they take up more than 1 hour a day and/or interfere with the person’s normal routine.