Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The etiology hereof is of biological and psychological nature. Symptoms include obsessions which are persistent, irrational and uncontrollable thoughts, and compulsions
which are actions which neutralize and temporarily relieve these thoughts and are avoidant in nature. Intervention is indicated if either of these interferes with everyday functioning.
Therapy starts with setting goals. Therapy will help you to understand what the connection is between your obsessions, feelings, body and rituals. You will be encouraged to gradually withhold the practice thereof and instead confront situations. Relaxation techniques form part of the process.
Body dysmorphia, trichotillomania (hair pulling), hoarding and obsessive jealousy also fall into this category.
Kissing doorknobs (Hesser)
Overcoming obsessive thoughts (Purdon & Clark)
The OCD workbook (Hyman & Pedrick)
Breaking free from OCD: A CBT guide for young people and their families (Derisley)
Overcoming OCD (Steketee)
Take control of OCD: the ultimate guide for kids (Zucker)