You may have OCD and not even know it.
And the problem about not having a name for what is wrong is that you don't get help.
I see lots of people with OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. We sometimes joke that we "are a bit OCD". But it is not funny. Obsessive thoughts are repulsive and unrelenting, driving the sufferer to expend almost all their energy on getting rid of the terrible thoughts.
Fortunately there is good and effective treatment available. Professor Paul Salkovskis in particular has developed a specialised form of cognitive behavioural therapy, which is in use at the Maudsley Hospital in London and elsewhere. I follow that same treatment approach.
Don't suffer the misery of OCD any more. Get help now. Try these excellent books: Break Free from OCD, and for children What to do when you brain gets stuck.
If OCD is not about cleaning and tidiness, what is it then? Worries like these, for example:
- fear of running people over unintentionally and unknowingly
- scared of going to new places because you don't know where the loos are
- worrying sexual thoughts
- am I gay?
- fear of jumping off bridges
- fear of molesting children
- fear of stabbing people
- fear of being sick
- health worries even where the doctor tells you that you are well
- need to check all the doors are locked and the sockets switched off
- need to say special words or do things in a particular order
- need to clean hands or things thoroughly and repeatedly
Here is a very helpful quiz to see if your worries might be OCD.
I am based in Crystal Palace, within easy reach of other South East London areas such as Norwood, Penge, Dulwich and Sydenham.
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