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Gaston Molina

Clinical Psychologist & Therapist

speaks:
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12+ years: Experience
400+ Happy Clients
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
Julieta Carrasco

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
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19+ years: Experience
100+ Happy Clients
  • Business Coach
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
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  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Life Coach
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
José Luis Tavela

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
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16+ years: Experience
150+ Happy Clients
  • ABA Therapy
  • ACT Practitioner
  • Business Coach
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Compassionate Therapy
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • DBT Practitioner
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  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Michel Haddad

Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

speaks:
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
5+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
Enas Mashal

Clinical Psychologist

speaks:
  • Arabic
  • English
21+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Chryssa Charizani

Counselling Psychologist & And Life Coach

speaks:
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  • Greek
6+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Life Coach
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychoanalysis
Denisse Revés

Psychologist

speaks:
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  • Portuguese
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13+ years: Experience
100+ Happy Clients
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
  • NLP Practitioner
Fawad Shah

ACT Practitioner & CBT Practitioner

speaks:
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13+ years: Experience
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellation Therapy
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  • Psychodrama
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
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Daiana Raluca

Psychologist

speaks:
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  • English
11+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • ACT Practitioner
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  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • EMDR Therapy
Thomas Theodosiou

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Therapist

speaks:
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  • English
12+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessments

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Exposure Response Prevention (ERT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can be widely adopted to deal with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD counsellor will help you break down your problems into specific parts called feelings, behaviours and actions.

According to psychologist experts, OCD is genetic but can occur because of brain abnormalities, and the environment plays an important role in triggering OCD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a lifelong mental illness, and it can usually be found in teens or adults but can be triggered in childhood too. Mostly 40-45% of individuals can fully be recovered by adulthood. In some cases, by attending consistent therapy sessions, you will decrease the symptoms and dominance of OCD while living your daily life routine.

Yes, you can live a better life with OCD or cure it without taking medications. Most people take serotonin reuptake inhibitors or clomipramine to treat OCD and decrease its symptoms, but therapy sessions by an approved and certified OCD psychologist can cure it.

What is OCD?

The full form of OCD is an obsessive-compulsive disorder. In this condition, people think obsessively over a particular matter. They then exhibit compulsive behaviors to deal with these obsessive thoughts.

What does OCD mean?

Often, OCD’s meaning is misconstrued as the tendency towards cleanliness. For example, if someone likes cleaning a lot, they are called ‘OCD’ in the vernacular expression. However, this is an incorrect understanding of the actual meaning of OCD.

Essentially, there are two facets of the condition; obsessive thoughts that cause disgust and anxiety, and compulsive behaviors in attempts to get rid of the thoughts.

For example, someone might continue to have thoughts of uncleanliness or disgust, and then to remedy these thoughts, they continue cleaning, even if the thing was clean, to begin with. And if they do not follow obsessive thoughts with the compulsive need to remedy them, their anxiety levels increase.

What are the 4 types of OCD?

While OCD has many categories, the 4 most common types of OCD include:

Cleaning and Contamination OCD

People with cleaning and contamination OCD have a fear of germs, and sickness, and are fixated on cleanliness. They then turn to clean far beyond what is required for personal hygiene.

Consequently, they clean themselves and their environment all the time, compulsively. Moreover, they are also scared of venturing out into the environment of the fear of germs and revulsion of uncleanliness.

Some elements that lead to greater disgust in them include blood, body fluids, smell, food that has gone bad, etc.

Ordering, Arranging, and Counting Symmetry

Another OCD type is counting, arranging, and symmetry OCD. People in this condition cannot stand disorder. Things have to be placed with a certain alignment, and if anything is not in order, they become distressed.

Similarly, they also need things in particular multiples. Or they do an action in association with a numerical factor; for example, they wait for a specific time before entering the room, close the door a particular number of times, etc.

Double-Checking and Doubting

Double-checking and doubting everything because they continue to second-guess if they did that chore is another common type of OCD. Essentially, they do not have enough faith in their memory, so they compulsively check things.

Similarly, they think the chore that they did is not complete. Some might also consider themselves to be a safety risk, as they doubt their skills.

For example, they might forget if they locked the door, so may spend a lot of time ensuring the doors are locked.

Thinking Forbidden Thoughts

Thinking of forbidden thoughts is common to all, but those with OCD have a harder time shrugging them off. These thoughts may have to do with relationships, sexual orientation, harm, sin, and similar inappropriate matters. They then go to great lengths to not think about these thoughts. Consequently, they might compulsively suppress their thoughts, get reassurance from others, etc.

What are the Signs of OCD?

There are two aspects of OCD symptoms, obsessions, and compulsions.

Obsessions Symptoms

Obsessions are recurrent and unwanted thoughts that lead to stress, disgust, unease, and anxiety. These obsessions also cause people to feel out of control, leading to further stress. Despite knowing these thoughts are not entirely rational, people with OCD cannot help but keep thinking about them.

Common obsessions include

Compulsion Symptoms

Compulsion symptoms pertain to repeating behaviors and actions for the sake of getting rid of their obsessions. These actions do not fix obsessive thoughts but provide temporary relief from anxiety. Some compulsions may not have to do directly with obsession. Nonetheless, these behaviors are disruptive and excessive.

Common OCD compulsion behaviors include:

OCD is Which Type of Disorder?

OCD is a type of mental disorder that requires proper treatment. Often, people are embarrassed about their condition or ashamed of their compulsive behaviors which prevent them from getting timely help.

But just like you need to visit a GP for flu, you need to get help from an expert at Fitcy Health for the treatment of OCD.

What Causes OCD?

While there is no precise cause for OCD, certain risk factors increase the propensity toward it. These include:

Brain Formation

People with OCD have differently-active areas of the brain.

Biology

It is also suspected that some changes to the body’s chemistry can also cause OCD.

Genetics

Having a family history of OCD increases the risk for it.

Learned

Some people might have learned OCD from observing such behavior.

Mental Health Disorders

Certain mental health disorders may also be correlated to the signs of OCD. These include substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, etc.

Personality Traits

Some people are methodical, perfectionists, and extremely clean, so their personality type makes them at risk for OCD.

Traumatic Events

Experiencing traumatic and stressful events like bullying and abuse makes people more likely to get OCD.

What Causes OCD to Get Worse?

The OCD symptoms can become worse over time, especially if you are not getting OCD treatment. Moreover, the signs of OCD might also become worse with age.

Some factors can cause an increase in the severity and frequency of OCD symptoms. These include:

If the symptoms of these problems become worse, it is highly likely that the signs of OCD also aggravate alongside.

How to Treat OCD?

The main categories of OCD treatments include:

Psychotherapy

Talk therapy like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is one helpful way to deal with OCD. It helps in dissecting the underlying behaviors behind OCD. Another helpful type of therapy is exposure therapy. But your therapist will decide which treatment is more effective for you.

So, you should be careful about choosing your therapist; finding the right fit is important. At Fitcy Health, you can peruse several therapists’ profiles in Dubai, and contact the one whose credentials you like.

Medication

Some people may also have to take medicine for OCD. Generally, SSRIs or similar antidepressants are used as a medication for OCD.

Combination

People with OCD might also be given a combination of therapy and medication for the treatment of OCD.

Other Therapies

In case the patient does not respond to these OCD treatments, doctors may prescribe electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation for treating OCD.

How to Prevent OCD?

You cannot prevent OCD or cure it for that matter, but early OCD diagnosis and treatment can help in improving the symptoms of OCD.

How to Control OCD Thoughts?

Some things you can do to manage your OCD symptoms better include:

How Do You Know If You Have OCD?

If you think you have the signs of OCD, rather than fretting about it, you should consult an expert at Fitcy Health. They can help you get a diagnosis for the condition, alongside helping you treat and manage it.

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