Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive disorder can lead a person to being entrenched in behaving in a certain way, with a compulsion to continue behaving in this manner.    Most individuals suffer from mild obsessive compulsive disorders, that do not interfere to a greater extent with their life.   When the behaviour becomes in the extreme (e.g. person who has to check and recheck that they looked the doors in their home before they leave for work) then that individual has what is now known as obsessive compulsive disorder.


When an individual suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder it may cause a person to feel compelled into behaving in this manner.   The more the behaviour becomes entrenched the harder it becomes for the individual to change their obsessive compulsive disorder.    As parents and guardians, it is imperative that a child’s obsessive compulsive disorder be uprooted, and encouraged to change their behaviour.    When the behaviour becomes entwined in an adult, it is more difficult to change.   Nevertheless, change can happen when the fear of ceasing a person’s obsessive compulsive behaviour becomes ratified or treated in a counselling setting.


How can Galway Counselling Help You Overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Galway Counselling can help you to recognise that the fear of getting it wrong (e.g. that you forgot to lock one door) is causing you to repeat your obsessive compulsive behaviour.   In counselling we look at the behaviours that are arousing the feelings of e.g. being wrong, and exaggerating the situation of what would happen if you got it wrong, thus, leading to obsessive compulsive disorder.    In Galway Counselling we have worked successfully with individuals to help them overcome their obsessive compulsive disorder.


Patricia will normally use dialectic behavioural therapy to help the client to overcome their obsessive compulsive disorder.   Cognitive behavioural therapy examines the thought process that is causing the behaviour, whereas, dialectical behavioural therapy examines the behaviour which is causing the feelings e.g. feelings of fear, that leads to obsessive compulsive disorder.


Once the client begins to loosen the control over their exaggerated feelings, they begin to feel less anxious and stressed, and gradually learn to overcome their obsessive compulsive disorder.   Galway Counselling will visit individuals in their homes, if the person is unable to travel to our Counselling Centre.