Help with OCD in Derby – Call 07582 865 265 Now Having been a provider of help with OCD in Derby for many years I felt it would be useful to supply further detail for those seeking more information with regards to the disorder.
For many, seeking help with OCD in Derby is not something that perhaps they had considered could be treated. However, during the past 30 years with more modern drugs and especially significantly improved psycho – therapeutic techniques provide a better outcome, especially using Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Before I explain just how I provide help with OCD in Derby I will outline a definition of just what OCD is:
“ An invasive preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following” :
1. Preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organisation, or schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost.
2. Shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion – eg is unable to complete a project because his or her own very strict standards are not met.
3. Is excessively devoted to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships.
4. Is over conscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible about matters of morality, ethics, or values.
5. Is unable to discard worn out or useless objects even when they have no sentimental value.
6. Is reluctant to delegate tasks or work to others unless they submit to exactly his or her way of doing things.
7. Adopts a miserly spending style toward both self and others; money is something to be hoarded for future catastrophes.
8. Shows rigidity and stubbornness.
To put this into a nutshell, help with OCD in Derby is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to suffer unwanted thoughts, urges and feelings. Of course we all worry from time to time, have doubts, have or had superstitions at some stage during our life. If this becomes so excessive, such as spending hours washing hands, or driving a car along the same route to check if a person had not been knocked down or injured, can become devastating to that individual on a day to day basis.
Common obsessions Common Compulsions
Fear of contamination, germs, dirt etc. Washing
Imagining harming self or others. Repeating
Imagining losing control or aggressive urges. Checking
Intrusive sexual thoughts or urges. Touching
Excessive religious or moral doubt. Counting
Forbidden thoughts. Ordering / arranging
A need to have things ‘just right’. Hoarding / saving
A need to tell, ask, confess. Praying
There are hundreds of different thought processes that cause great disruption to their mind. Worry they might steal something. Great concern that they are a paedophile when changing their baby’s nappies. Having violent urges (inc sexual) that they would never act out. Confess to wrong doing that never existed, or perhaps might have done, such as a murder. Avoid cracks on the pavement to prevent them falling into a hole. Turn the light switch on / off 20 times otherwise a close relative will die / be hurt and ‘my fault’. Check door locks and windows to prevent germs coming in, or someone entering to kill my family. Driving my car to check there is no one that I have run down or injured. The need to repeat looking at myself in the mirror the ‘right’ amount of times, otherwise…. Looking for needles or sharp objects that can scratch and contaminate me with HIV, never throw anything away, because of fear it might be needed one day, thoughts of stabbing their child with a knife from the kitchen…al these concerns are very realistic in the mind, have them almost constantly all through the day, day in and day out.
The above, whilst not a totally in depth description of OCD will at least give you a flavour of the disorder.
OCD – Why ?
No specific genes for OCD have yet been found, but research implies that genes do play a role in the development of the disorder in some cases. It can run in families, so if a mother has OCD there may be a higher risk of any children in the family developing OCD, often this is more of a ‘learned’ response by the child. Up to date no clinical cause for OCD has been found
Medication treatments include Paroxetine (Paxil, Aropax), Sertraline (Zoloft), Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Clomipramine (Anafranil) and Gabapentin have been found useful in treating OCD. Symptoms tend to return however once the drugs are discontinued.
How I help with OCD in Derby
I utilise a varied approach to therapy for OCD. Being qualified as a Hypnotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and a Stress Management Consultant I tend to utilise techniques from all three to bring about relief from symptoms. Success rates vary from client to client. Generally 80% will report an improvement; some will recover totally, whereas others will gain control of the symptoms. I work in areas of the originating cause; breaking up patterns of behaviour and also use CBT to utilise different ways to think and feel in the future. Hypnosis is used to help the client to relax when confronting the repetitive behaviours and intrusive thoughts. Clearly there is more to therapy than this, but for the purposes of this article I do not want to go into too much depth. I always offer a free consultation and will explain therapy to a greater depth during this time and also during the course of therapy. Most importantly, the expectation of recovery and involvement in therapy is paramount.
If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me, via Email from the contact page of this website www.alexanderpractice.co.uk or email address firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on Derby (01332) 559 126 / Mobile 07582 865 265. Everything is in total confidence. Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp.