Obsession - what is it?

 

Do you have intrusive, repetitive thoughts? Do you feel like something bad will happen if you don't follow your thoughts? Do time-consuming rituals determine your everyday life? Do you clean yourself, for example, much more often and thoroughly than other people? Do rituals and habits take more than an hour a day?

 

Do you feel that your thoughts and actions are “exaggerated” and you still cannot refrain from doing so? If you find yourself in one or more of these statements, this could be an indication that you have an OCD.

 

Obsessive-compulsive disorders are usually divided into two forms: obsessive-compulsive thoughts and compulsive acts. Obsessive thoughts are thoughts or images that come up unintentionally.

Those affected have the feeling that they have to give in to compulsive thoughts, for example, to perform certain counting rituals before the front door can be unlocked. Compulsive acts are acts that "must" be carried out to prevent mischief or a bad event, or to gain control over situations.

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How does psychotherapy go?

At the beginning of the psychotherapeutic treatment of compulsions, a closer look is taken at which areas of everyday life are affected by the compulsions. You will learn to normalize your everyday life bit by bit and gradually reduce your obsession.

Different methods can be helpful, such as confrontation techniques. It can also be helpful to identify  underlying conflicts and hidden thoughts.