Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

On occasion we all check to make sure we’ve locked the door or turned off the stove. We also all have worries or thoughts that pop into our minds and can be difficult to get rid of. This is not the same as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is an anxiety disorder that occurs when a person has uncontrollable, recurring, unwanted thoughts (Obsessions) and or repetitive, ritualized behaviours they feel compelled to perform (Compulsions). Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can recognize that their obsessive thoughts are irrational, but feel incapable of stopping them.

Obsessions can range from mild to severe and can include unwanted thoughts or fears about contamination (dirt, germs), harm coming to self or loved ones, the fear of something bad happening if things aren’t ordered, in sequence, organized precisely, or thrown away. Compulsions are rituals performed to reduce the anxiety associated with the obsessive thoughts, such as washing, checking if things are turned off, checking on loved ones, putting things in order, doing and re-doing tasks, accumulating things (hoarding), counting, and more. These rituals are not pleasurable and usually provide only temporary relief from anxiety. It is not uncommon for obsessions and their related compulsions to cause serious emotional distress in those who suffer from the disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder occurs in 2% of the Canadian population [1].

Evolution Psychology Center provides assessment and effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You are not alone and don’t need to suffer with OCD any longer. We can help you. Contact us today at at 514-758-7792 or info@epcenter.ca to make an appointment with a Montreal Psychologist or Therapist.

[1] Statistics Canada: a Report on Mental Illness in Canada, 2002

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