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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate the anxiety or distress associated with these obsessions. It's a chronic condition that can significantly interfere with daily functioning and quality of life. Here are key aspects of OCD:


Intrusive Thoughts: Individuals with OCD experience unwanted, distressing, and intrusive thoughts that cause anxiety. These thoughts can be related to contamination, harming oneself or others, fears of making a mistake, or concerns about symmetry or order.


Repetitive Behaviors: In an attempt to reduce the anxiety caused by obsessions, individuals engage in repetitive behaviors or mental acts. Examples include washing, checking, counting, repeating actions, or mental rituals.

Impact on Daily Life:

OCD can significantly impact a person's daily life, relationships, work, and overall well-being. The time-consuming nature of compulsions can interfere with daily activities and may lead to avoidance of certain situations.


Many individuals with OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, but they feel compelled to perform the behaviors to alleviate anxiety.

Subtypes of OCD:

OCD can manifest in various ways, leading to different subtypes. For example, hoarding disorder is considered a subtype of OCD, where individuals have difficulty discarding possessions.


The exact cause of OCD is not fully understood, but a combination of genetic, neurological, behavioral, cognitive, and environmental factors may contribute to its development.


Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), specifically exposure and response prevention (ERP), is the most effective form of psychotherapy for OCD. ERP involves gradually facing fears and resisting the urge to perform compulsive behaviors.

Medications: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed medications for OCD. They help regulate serotonin levels in the brain, which is thought to play a role in OCD.

Lifestyle and Coping Strategies:

Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management techniques can be beneficial in managing symptoms. Establishing a routine and seeking social support are also important.

Co-occurring Disorders:

OCD often coexists with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It's important for individuals experiencing symptoms of OCD to seek professional help. A mental health professional can conduct a thorough assessment and develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to the individual's needs. Early intervention and appropriate treatment can significantly improve the outcome for individuals with OCD.


Who will performing the procedure?

Clinical Psychologist

Cilna George

Masters in Psychology (Clinical), MPhil (Clinical Psychology)

If you have any questions or concerns, Please talk to us at Chermside Specialists (22 Corrie St
Chermside QLD 4032) on 07 3505 6425 to find out more.