Many of us like to keep routines – they are reassuring and they help us feel good and steady in life. But if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you might feel unable to stop repetitive behaviours. This is usually because these behaviours distract you from painful feelings. Checking locks and hand-washing are typical behaviours, but it may also be checking in on loved ones, or a ritual you feel compelled to repeat.

You may develop these behaviours in response to intrusive repetitive thoughts and worries. The behaviour helps reduce the anxiety, but often not for long. Perhaps you’ve tried to stop the behaviour but found the worry only gets worse?

Our therapists can help you to find ways to interrupt this flow of thought and create new ways of managing. For more persistent worries, therapy can discover the issues underlying the repeating thoughts or actions, which often are unknown to the person experiencing them.