Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
A message from our Practice Principal and Clinical Psychologist Doris Damoulakis about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
Every now and then I am reminded why I do what I do. This is especially evident to me when I have a client present with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) who can no longer get out of bed, shower, leave the house, attend school or work and eat food due to fears that something bad will happen if they don’t perform an action j-u-s-t s-o and then the need to repeat – making the rest of the day seem impossible. This is all too common unfortunately and often people do not realise they have an anxiety disorder that can be treated. Moreover, untreated OCD can lead to other issues such as depression and in the worst cases suicidality due to feelings of hopelessness associated with the disorder.
OCD is a debilitating anxiety disorder characterised by intrusive, distressing and/or disgusting thoughts and images that interrupt one’s thinking (obsessions) causing intense distress that is only alleviated by performing a physical and/or mental ritual (compulsion).
At Integral Psychology we offer particular expertise in the accurate and comprehensive assessment, formulation and best practice treatment of OCD. We ensure that therapy sessions are booked regularly to ensure that your progress is monitored and that your individually tailored treatment is regularly adjusted to ensure that your treatment goals are achieved.