Anxious thoughts happen to everyone from time to time, however if these thoughts are becoming constant and intrusive, unhealthy patterns of behaviour can arise and cause difficulty in everyday life. For example, constant concern that you have left the iron on, can lead to repeated checking of the switch to ensure it is off. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can occur at any time during an individual’s life.
Issues that frequently distress people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and result in Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour include; cleanliness (obsessive handwashing), having to have everything in a particular pattern or order, counting, hoarding and concerns over safety.
People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may feel ashamed or anxious about their need to carry out the compulsions. It can cause children to avoid school and adults to avoid social situations, and delay treatment due to feelings of embarrassment. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not easy to live with or overcome by yourself. Luckily, professional help is available here. M1 Psychology has a number of experienced psychologists who can help you, or your child, overcome Panic Attacks. Call M1 Psychology now to make an appointment for a free Emotional Health Check-Up so that we can give you the extra support that you or your child needs.