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OCD Treatment Options For Obsessive Behaviour

Updated on January 15, 2015

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder -- What is it and do I have it?

Before we look at OCD treatment options let us take a look at what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is.

As the name suggests it is a compulsion to perform rituals (such as the washing of hands). This compulsion temporarily relieves the stress of obsessive and recurring thoughts. In the case of constant hand washing it may be an obsessive fear of germ contamination.

Many sufferers of the disease are reluctant to admit that they have obsessions or compulsions as they feel embarrassed and may think they are crazy in some way. As a result it can go undiagnosed for many years. However, most people are likely to have experienced symptoms of OCD at some time in their lives, particularly in times of stress. Think about the time you had to keep going to the front door to check that it was locked even though you had already done this several times. Or avoiding cracks in the pavement. Hoarding is also considered to be a form of OCD.

And now on to the OCD treatments available...

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A Personal Story of OCD

This is an eight minute documentary of a young man with a severe case of OCD. It includes footage with a clinician who practices cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The young man explains how the therapy has been helping him and recommends you get the treatment you need.

The Defective Detective - ...has OCD

We are all familiar with the brilliant and loveable TV character Adrian Monk who suffers this debilitating disorder.

Monk: The Complete Series
Monk: The Complete Series

Here you have all the series in one complete watch over and over if needed!


Medical Treatments

Medical treatments are available from your health professional after correct diagnosis.

The use of tranquilizers can be habit-forming so should only be used for short periods of time. It is designed to reduce compulsive urges by relaxing the body. Tranquilizers may be prescribed to people with more severe OCD symptoms.


Psychotherapy should be considered as one of the first treatments for OCD.


Hypnosis is designed to relax you to the extent that your worries and obsessions drift away. A series of instruction is given to you once you have reached a relaxed state. These instructions are designed to replace the way you react to situations that are causing your obsessions.

I chose this book as it has 15 reviewers giving is a 5 star rating! The reviewers rave about this book saying it is better than the excellent book that preceded it.

Books on OCD

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A book written in 'our' language so that it is understandable and not full of medical terms. It's a book that should be read by all sufferers AND their families.

Front door
Front door

How OCD Affects Me

Remember that OCD is very varied and can cover numerous obsessions. If you think a particular trait should be listed and it's not here please note this in the guest book below.

When I was a young girl I went through a phase of having to wash my hands constantly. Even when I had just washed them turning the taps off made me think of the germs I'd just touched and I'd be back at it! My hands became red raw as you can imagine. Fortunately I did grow out of it but many others don't.

Occasionally I'll still get obsessed about locking the front door and will turn around even though I've just driven off. This is obviously very minor but others are not so lucky.

That'll come in handy one day...I have a real reluctance to throw things away so I do know I'm a hoarder, fortunately not severe as some you see on TV where they can't move around the house!

Photo Credit

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding

An invaluable source for those suffering from a need to keep everything to the extent that hoarding has become obsessive.


What is your particular obsession?

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The Movie: As Good as it Gets

Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.

As Good As It Gets
As Good As It Gets

I loved this movie, partly because I love Jack Nicholson but he deserved his Oscar as the romance novelist with OCD. Can you believe it, a romance novelist? Especially for the fact that while mischievously charming he is not particularly romantic! This is a comedy with realism, pain and warmth.


OCD treatments on YouTube

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Good info for OCD sufferers, particularly people who don't know much and need guidance about this disorder.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I do a lot of different son says I am anal.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      OCD also seems to become much more active when the person is stressed. A close friend of mine has it and when he is insecure or stressed it can almost take over his life. When he is feeling secure and safe then the OCD is not much of a problem at all. It seems to be a lifetime battle though.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Love to count EVERYTHING. Love it when things pair up. d

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Counting as I walked in threes or eights, no cracks, getting the same number of steps between the cracks in a sidewalk - mostly outgrown now, except if I daydream as I walk, I will sometimes find I'm counting in eights again.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I like the way you pull together your comments with your sales items. I'm learning lens making and this is a good example. Thanks! Informative. Colorful. Important information. Anxiety takes many forms. As our world becomes more and more stressful? Hmm. I don't have OCD but it actually seems like a logical coping mechanism to some extent.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      My OCD was at its worst when I was a child. I would count EVERYTHING and everything had to be put in or done in a certain order. I would also constantly walk over any cracks. I've gotten a lot better over the years but I still have some obssessive habits.

      Someone mentioned doing things in threes in the comment section. I have that problem as well. It drives me crazy but I do it all the time.

      Thank you for this great lens with very good suggestions.

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      Ramona 5 years ago from Arkansas

      That's Off, That's Off, that's Off....I had OCD as a child. I never knew this was a condition. At bedtime I had to go all around the house and make sure everything was turned off and I had to physically touch the item and say " that's off" at least three times. Then I would get into bed, then get back up and start all over again until that urge went away then I would stop and go to sleep. I thought I was crazy back then but couldn't stop it.This was nerve wracking but I out grew it. Nice Lens.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @tvyps: Thank you, thank you, thank you...

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I don't have OCD, I don't have OCD, I don't have OCD...

      Is there a reason why I have to do everything in 3's? I used to do that a long time ago. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I have just been catching up with "Monk" episodes - wonderful, compassionate portrait of someone who suffered with this post-trauma and still was an incredibly gifted person.

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      gozergirl 8 years ago

      Nice info, very well done!

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      Hypnosis-Expert 8 years ago

      Great Lens. I rated it 5 stars... Check out my related lens on OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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      Barbara Isbill 9 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Useful info. 5 stars from a fan!

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