Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by the combination of intrusive and persistent thoughts, urges or images (obsessions) and the need to perform repetitive behaviours in response to these obsessions (compulsions). While many people have certain routines that they perform out of habit or superstition (i.e. “knocking on wood”), obsessive-compulsive disorder is different in that it involves a pattern of thoughts and behaviours that are extremely distressing and disruptive to the individual, and that often interfere with many aspects of life, including relationships, work, school, and health.
Common types of obsessions include fears about germs or contamination, worries about safety, distress about disorder, unwanted or forbidden thoughts about religion, violence or sex, and fear of harming oneself or others. Common compulsions include rituals around cleaning or washing, ordering, checking, and collecting or hoarding. At The Clinic on Dupont, we offer integrated treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, to both address the underlying causes of the obsessive thoughts and disrupt the cycle of compulsive behaviours through exposure and response prevention techniques.
Are you looking for help with your obsessive-compulsive disorder? Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) professionals are here for you. Call us at (416) 515-2649 to speak with one of our psychologists.