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Christian Counseling for OCD

Do you suffer from intrusive thoughts about imagined events or scenarios that will likely never occur? Do you often worry that something catastrophic will occur as a result of your carelessness? Have you developed rituals, habits, or behavior patterns that relieve your feelings of anxiety? If this is familiar, you may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person carries out deliberate acts in order to relieve the stress brought on by intrusive, fear-inducing thoughts. For more information about OCD, please see the articles below.

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OCD can be extremely disruptive, but thankfully support is available. With the aid of a trained counselor, you can learn to manage the symptoms of OCD. Psychologists today agree that the most effective treatment for OCD involves a technique known as “exposure and response prevention.” In the safe environment of a counseling room, you can confront your fears and learn to resist the desire for compulsive acts. Over time, you will become able to control your thoughts and habits, and will regain a fuller, richer quality of life free from OCD.

Do you suffer from intrusive thoughts about imagined events or scenarios that will likely never occur? Do you often worry that something catastrophic will occur as a result of your carelessness? Have you developed rituals, habits, or behavior patterns that relieve your feelings of anxiety? If this is familiar, you may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person carries out deliberate acts in order to relieve the stress brought on by intrusive, fear-inducing thoughts.

OCD can have a detrimental effect on people’s relationships. Persons with OCD tend to be hyper-analytical, obsessing over the details of even the most insignificant of social interactions. Their compulsive tendencies, as well as a continual need for reassurance, can be particularly straining on romantic relationships. However, through counseling, OCD sufferers can learn effective ways to build and maintain healthy relationships. Therapy can also provide compassionate support and education for family, friends, and partners of persons with OCD.

Persons with OCD are plagued by recurring thoughts or fears (obsessions) that cause uncontrollable unease or worry. To combat these thoughts, the sufferer performs repeated small acts (compulsions) that provide temporary relief from anxiety. Obsessions can take many forms, but most often manifest as an excessive or unfounded concern, such as the need for symmetry or extreme self-doubt. Compulsions can range from ritualized cleaning and neurotic over-checking to hoarding and superstitious behavior.