OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
No. Just because you keep a really clean house it does NOT mean you have, or are, OCD. People misuse the phrase very often, and fail to understand that true OCD can be life changing, debilitating and feels like hell.
OCD is something that happens to you as your brain snags onto thoughts or feelings (obsessions), and then tries to fix them through a series of more thoughts or actions (compulsions or rituals). These ‘snags’ that your brain latches onto can be thought of as ‘thinking mistakes’ or ‘glitches’. While they have no logical basis in reality, your brain perceives them as a threat and then sends fight or flight messages to your entire body. You go on high alert as you try to address this new threat.
But there is no threat. It’s simply your OCD, being a bully and pushing you around. Knowing it’s illogical doesn’t help. It’s still incredibly painful. You’ve done a superhuman job of dealing with it on your own, but it’s exhausting.
There is a treatment that is ‘evidence based’ (meaning it’s been around for a while, and there’s a great deal of scientific research showing that it works very well) and can improve your quality of life exponentially. It’s called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or sometimes referred to as EX/RP), and has its roots in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
Let’s harness that incredible brain power that has been beating you up, turn it around, and use it to build skills to fight your OCD symptoms! Get in touch so we can discuss how ERP can help you build the skills to deal with this horrendous bully called OCD, and live your life on your terms again.