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Common Conditions addressed at the CCT

Individuals suffering from OCD have persistent upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and/or ritual behaviours (compulsions). Rituals are typically connected to obsessive thoughts. For example, people may wash their hands compulsively because they are unable to stop thinking about their obsession with avoiding germs. Or they check their doors and window locks compulsively because they are obsessed with threats to their safety or security.

In other cases, OCD is primarily obsessive, in that the individual cannot stop experiencing intrusive and horrific thoughts about harming others, or going against their values in a horrific way.

The treatment of OCD involves behavioural strategies to minimize compulsive behaviours, and cognitive strategies to address obsessive thoughts. It is important for clients to learn how to observe the obsessive thoughts and urges in a relatively accepting and non-horrifying manner, as “just thoughts”, as a prelude to being able to reduce the obsessive thoughts.