Obsessions are usually thoughts, pictures or impulses that cause unpleasant feelings or anxiety and pop into our mind when we don’t want them. Many things can cause these obsessions, and they usually leave the person feeling out of control and frightened. A compulsion is a behaviour or act that people do to try and reduce these uncomfortable feelings or “put right” the obsessional thought.
Some people may experience obsessions and compulsions and live with this without it causing too many problems. However, sometimes, these obsessions are so frightening, and people are doing so many compulsions that it really starts to interfere with their quality of life.
How can we help you?
At Young Minds Matter we would usually encourage you to discuss these anxieties and worries that may cause you to act in a certain repetitive way and will slowly start to ask you to challenge those behaviours and work towards removing them and replacing them with different coping strategies so they no longer affect you on a day-to-day basis.
It may be that after working initially on these obsessive behaviours could leave you with some anxiety, this could be further explored with a 1-1 worker or be used as a goal to begin an Anxiety Skills Course, whatever path you take on your recovery, Young Minds Matter is there to help.