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Thomas Theodosiou, Clinical Therapist & Clinical Neuropsychologist

Thomas Theodosiou, Clinical Therapist & Clinical Neuropsychologist

Thomas is a Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs), an accredited MSc Clinical Neuropsychologist-Cognitive Neuroscientist and BSc Psychologist with specialized training-PG Dip in Medical Psychology and PG Dip CATs.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Work-stress

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Thomas is a Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs), an accredited MSc Clinical Neuropsychologist-Cognitive Neuroscientist and BSc Psychologist with specialized training-PG Dip in Medical Psychology and PG Dip CATs.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Work-stress

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Julieta Carrasco, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Julieta Carrasco, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Julieta is a woman, a mother and a Psychologist. She feels very passionate about her profession.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Suicidal Tendencies, Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Pre-marital counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, ADHD, OCD, Infertility counselling, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD, Sleeping disorder and International Relocation (Families moving abroad).

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Julieta is a woman, a mother and a Psychologist. She feels very passionate about her profession.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Suicidal Tendencies, Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Pre-marital counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, ADHD, OCD, Infertility counselling, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD, Sleeping disorder and International Relocation (Families moving abroad).

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Clarina Plessis, Psychotherapist & Trauma Specialist

Clarina Plessis, Psychotherapist & Trauma Specialist

Clarina is an experienced Psychotherapist who specializes in Trauma as well as Loss and the manifestations thereof such as Anxiety, PTSD and Burnout.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Assault, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Clarina is an experienced Psychotherapist who specializes in Trauma as well as Loss and the manifestations thereof such as Anxiety, PTSD and Burnout.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Assault, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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José Tavela, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

José Tavela, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

José is a Psycologist who dedicated himself to helping people achieve their goals and be happier. He’s also a teacher and likes to teach the youngest the art of the human mind. In spare time, José likes to play sports and travel.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypochondriasis, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Trauma, Work-stress

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José is a Psycologist who dedicated himself to helping people achieve their goals and be happier. He’s also a teacher and likes to teach the youngest the art of the human mind. In spare time, José likes to play sports and travel.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypochondriasis, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Trauma, Work-stress

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Michel Alhaddad, Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

Michel Alhaddad, Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

Michel is a Clinical and Educational psychologist. He has a passion for helping others and an ability to build unique relationships with children, youth and adults.

Specialities:

Abuse, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Depression, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Low Self-esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Trauma, Work-stress

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Michel is a Clinical and Educational psychologist. He has a passion for helping others and an ability to build unique relationships with children, youth and adults.

Specialities:

Abuse, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Depression, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Low Self-esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Trauma, Work-stress

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Enas Mashal, Clinical Psychologist

Enas Mashal, Clinical Psychologist

Enas is a senior psychotherapist with long experience in CBT, DBT, ACT, and psychotherapy based on non-violent communication. She has a very good academic and professional background.

Specialities:

Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing with long-term illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-Regulation, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Enas is a senior psychotherapist with long experience in CBT, DBT, ACT, and psychotherapy based on non-violent communication. She has a very good academic and professional background.

Specialities:

Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing with long-term illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-Regulation, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Khawla Halabi, Clinical Psychologist

Khawla Halabi, Clinical Psychologist

Humanitarian worker motivated by the impact of the work that I do. I studied psychology because of my own experience struggling with mental heath issues in my youth.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Depression (severe), OCD and Relationship Issues.

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Humanitarian worker motivated by the impact of the work that I do. I studied psychology because of my own experience struggling with mental heath issues in my youth.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Depression (severe), OCD and Relationship Issues.

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Chryssa Charizani, Counselling Psychologist & And Life Coach

Chryssa Charizani, Counselling Psychologist & And Life Coach

Chryssa is a licensed Psychologist from Greek University A.U.TH. with Master Studies in Social Work at the University of Cyprus and a Specialisation in Counseling and School Psychology. Her experience is focused on preparation for after high school studies and job search, in multicultural social services, job counselling and in individual psychological support and empowerment.

Specialities:

Anxiety, Depression, Self-harm, Dealing with long term illnesses, LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Couples Counselling, Family Counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Pre-marital Counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Infertility Counselling, Divorce Counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD

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Chryssa is a licensed Psychologist from Greek University A.U.TH. with Master Studies in Social Work at the University of Cyprus and a Specialisation in Counseling and School Psychology. Her experience is focused on preparation for after high school studies and job search, in multicultural social services, job counselling and in individual psychological support and empowerment.

Specialities:

Anxiety, Depression, Self-harm, Dealing with long term illnesses, LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Couples Counselling, Family Counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Pre-marital Counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Infertility Counselling, Divorce Counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD

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Denisse Revés, Psychologist

Denisse Revés, Psychologist

Denisse Revés is a Clinical and Counseling licensed Psychologist since 2010. For the past five years, she has been the Technical Director of the country’s first Clinical, Counseling Psychology and Hypnotherapy dedicated clinic.

Specialities:

Children’s therapy, Teenager’s therapy, Adult’s therapy, Couple therapy, Family therapy, Stress management & Increasing self-esteem.

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Denisse Revés is a Clinical and Counseling licensed Psychologist since 2010. For the past five years, she has been the Technical Director of the country’s first Clinical, Counseling Psychology and Hypnotherapy dedicated clinic.

Specialities:

Children’s therapy, Teenager’s therapy, Adult’s therapy, Couple therapy, Family therapy, Stress management & Increasing self-esteem.

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Kelsey Gibbs, CBT & DBT Practitioner

Kelsey Gibbs, CBT & DBT Practitioner

Kelsey Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a diverse background working with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns in inpatient and outpatient settings over the last 10 years

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Kelsey Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a diverse background working with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns in inpatient and outpatient settings over the last 10 years

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Jumuga Daiana Raluca, Psychologist

Jumuga Daiana Raluca, Psychologist

I am a mother, a wife, and a psychologist. I am a social person, and have always loved to observe people and understand their behavior, emotions and thoughts.

Specialities:

Decreasing anxiety, Depression & PTSD, Changing thought patterns, Sleeping better, Emotional self-regulation, Improving self-esteem and Teen counseling.

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I am a mother, a wife, and a psychologist. I am a social person, and have always loved to observe people and understand their behavior, emotions and thoughts.

Specialities:

Decreasing anxiety, Depression & PTSD, Changing thought patterns, Sleeping better, Emotional self-regulation, Improving self-esteem and Teen counseling.

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Anna Paralousi, Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

Anna Paralousi, Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

I am a psychologist with over 10 years experience. I have studied and worked with various cultures and diverse groups of people worldwide.

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Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum disorder, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma.

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I am a psychologist with over 10 years experience. I have studied and worked with various cultures and diverse groups of people worldwide.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum disorder, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma.

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Nanar Iknadiossian, Mind Specialist, Clinical Psychologist & Counselling Psychologist

Nanar Iknadiossian, Mind Specialist, Clinical Psychologist & Counselling Psychologist

Still growing! Those are the words I live by, living intentionally and reflecting on your experiences goes a long way and everyday is an accomplishment to me!

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counseling, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, ADHD, OCD, Divorce counseling, Relationship Issues.

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Still growing! Those are the words I live by, living intentionally and reflecting on your experiences goes a long way and everyday is an accomplishment to me!

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Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counseling, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, ADHD, OCD, Divorce counseling, Relationship Issues.

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George Saadé, Counselling & Clinical Psychologist

George Saadé, Counselling & Clinical Psychologist

Whether you have been struggling for months or a lifetime, I can help you get to the root of your suffering, and guide you to the genuine change you are seeking.

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Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD and Dissociative disorders.

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Whether you have been struggling for months or a lifetime, I can help you get to the root of your suffering, and guide you to the genuine change you are seeking.

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Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD and Dissociative disorders.

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What is OCD?

The full form of OCD is 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 more 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 cleaning 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

  • Fear of contamination
  • Distressing sexual thoughts
  • Fear of violence
  • Intolerance towards uncertainty
  • Fear of being responsible for harm or danger or making a mistake
  • Perfectionism-related obsessions
  • Avoidance of situations that trigger OCD-related stress like touching doorknobs
  • Distress by irregularly arranged things
  • Thoughts of uncertainty and disgust
  • Need for constant reassurance
  • Fear of losing something important
  • Worry about things being incomplete
  • Recurrent doubts
  • Fixation on order

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 a 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:

  • Extreme handwashing, showering, cleaning, etc.
  • Repeated rearrangement of things, checking on locks, appliances, etc.
  • Avoidance of situations, people, and things that might trigger their symptoms
  • Performance of certain rituals, counting, praying, etc.
  • Focus on following a certain pattern, arrangement, and order.

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:

  • Being depressed.
  • Experiencing mood problems
  • Having hypochondriac tendencies
  • Having anxiety disorders like social anxiety, panic disorder, etc.
  • Suffering from lack of impulse control.

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, 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:

  • Ask for and accept help.
  • Join support groups so that you find people with similar issues who understand your predicament.
  • Learn to manage your triggers.
  • Practice healthy habits like good sleep, a balanced diet, and exercise.
  • Show yourself some love and care.
  • Try to manage your stress levels better.
  • Work with your therapist for engineering coping mechanisms.

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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