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What is Obsessional thinking?

Obsessional thinking is often paired with a repeated behaviour or ritual to reduce the anxiety that accompanies the thinking, a condition called obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.

What are the signs?

Common obsessive thoughts are:

  • contamination from dirt or germs
  • concern about personal safety or safety of others
  • concern with order or symmetry
  • concern over aggressive or sexual thoughts

Common compulsive behaviours are:

  • cleaning, washing hands, scrubbing household surfaces
  • checking if doors are locked or appliances are switched off.
  • placing objects in order or in symmetry
  • reciting or counting

Causes of obsessional thinking

In some cases, a major life event such as a relationship breakdown, a major health scare or even the birth of a child might be associated with the onset of obsessional thinking. In other cases, the onset can be gradual with no obvious trigger.

There is a familial dimension to OCD, as sufferers are more likely to have a family member who has had this condition. Perfectionism is an unhelpful thinking style which is thought to increase a person’s vulnerability to OCD.

How a psychologist can help

After understanding the factors that potentially are involved in the onset and maintenance of the person’s response, the psychologist will develop a treatment plan. Treatment usually involves exposure and response prevention, accompanied by learning more adaptive ways to manage stress and lifestyle changes. The psychologist may also suggest involving family members or a friend in the treatment plan.

To seek help, please do not hesitate to contact reception on 08 8363 3974