A Guide to Archways OCD And BFRB Clinic
All of us have the occasional anxious bouts of “did the lock the door?” but we usually try our best to quell it into a more manageable thought. If your thoughts along these lines have been persistent and if it has been dominating your thinking process, interrupting daily regular thoughts on its way, you might be a victim of obsession.
Naturally, you would try to quench your obsession and reduce or prevent the anxiety by indulging in compulsive behavior. The fact that this behavior is excessive or unrealistic is not within your control- at least not without some nudge. If you fear contamination with germs, you might end up washing your hands repeatedly just to neutralize the thought. Except the thoughts do not stop even after you clean up once.
If you suffer from such issues bordering on Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, you might already know that your compulsive behavior is largely irrational and does not make much of a logical sense, but you still cannot stop acting on it because you feel the need to do it just in case.
Know All About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder impacts 1 to 2 individuals out of a whole of 100. OCD usually involves obsessive thoughts, ideas, images, impulses, and doubts, succeeded by compulsive actions and thoughts targeted at neutralizing the said obsessions. It is a cycle of unhealthy behavior and thought, and it can prove to be highly inconvenient in our day to day functioning.
OCD has 3 primary elements:
- obsessions: unwanted, intrusive and distressing image, thought, or urge repeatedly entering your mind
- emotions: the obsessions causing a feeling of intense distress or anxiety
- compulsions: repetitive behaviors or mental acts you feel driven to perform as a way of neutralizing the anxiety and distress triggered by the obsession
Obsessions can be based on varying subject matters, but they are not the same as “worries” in that obsessions are excessive and are usually inconsistent with your character or values. Compulsions are typically behaviors such as washing/cleaning, ordering, checking, repeating an action, but they can also be thoughts such as mental checking, reassurance seeking, reviewing memories, distracting/blocking, and counting.
What Are Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders?
There are behavioral issues that look quite similar to OCD but aren’t quite so. It is important to carefully assess the problem before dipping our toes into treatment methods. You can have a diagnosis of OCD alongside other OCD-related disorders such as Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and Hoarding Disorder. You can use our confidential (and free) OCD screening tool to understand if you have symptoms of OCD.
Archways Center for CBT happens to be an institutional member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and our roster includes clinicians with specialized training in OCD treatment and the proper care for other conditions related to OCD. We work alongside children of 6 years of age and above, adolescents, as well as adults up to 65 years of age. There aren’t many clinicians trained in the up-to-date evidence-based therapies for BFRBs and OCD, so if you want our services virtually across Ontario, Archways can help. If you think we can help you out, reach out to us today!