People often talk about being ‘a bit OCD’, but for some people, experiencing obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviours can be deeply distressing.
Obsessive thinking can take the form of persistent worries that keep going through your mind; sometimes these seem like important things to worry about, other times they might seem irrational but nevertheless important to continue to think over. Compulsive behaviours can take the form of repeatedly checking things, or patterns of behaviour that have to be completed before you can move onto the next thing. Sometimes obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours can take control of a person’s life.
Working with a skilled psychotherapist can support you to develop new thoughts and behaviours that start to interrupt the obsessive compulsive ones. Psychotherapy can then carefully examine the fears that might lie underneath obsessive compulsive patterns, and address them properly so that you no longer need to use obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviours to maintain your feeling of safety.