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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects more than 500,000 Australians. As an equivalent, that’s a total of two to three percent of our current population.
If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, are exhibiting signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you should seek the advice and support of a trained professional.
The MHM Psychology clinic is a great place to seek OCD treatment on the Gold Coast – spanning across Pimpama, Oxenford, Hope Island, Coomera, Upper Coomera and more. With a trained professional helping you every step of the way to overcome the obsessive thinking and compulsions that characterise OCD.
At its core, OCD is an anxiety disorder. Some anxious thoughts are normal, and can actually be beneficial. Such as when they remind us of important tasks or things. At other times, they can become problematic. For example “Did I turn off the stove top?” This one simple thought will make us double check if we did flick the switch or not, and potentially check over and over again.
The diagnosis of OCD occurs when these thoughts consume a person, influencing their behaviour to the point that it causes difficulties in daily functioning. For instance, checking the stove constantly, despite knowing it is off.
Your behaviour can become so influenced by these recurring thoughts that your actions become repetitive and ritualistic. This can be incredibly time-consuming and distressing. It can start to impact upon your home, work and social life.
People who have OCD are usually aware that their thoughts are irrational, however they cannot control their compulsive actions.
How does it manifest?
As well as obsessions and compulsions, people with OCD may also experience depression, other anxiety disorders, an eating disorder and alcohol or substance abuse problems.
OCD treatment is available at our MHM clinic on the Gold Coast, servicing Coomera, Upper Coomera, Pimpama, Oxenford and Hope Island.
Fortunately, it is a treatable condition and talking to a trained professional in a supportive and comfortable environment is the first step towards recovery and reclaiming your life.
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