Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

“He’s an obsessive football fan” – “she’s obsessive about shoes”. We use these expressions when we talk about people who do something again and again, even when others can’t see any reason for it. It isn’t usually a problem and, in some lines of work, can even be helpful. However, the urge to do or think certain things repeatedly can dominate your life unhelpfully.

So, if you get awful thoughts coming into your mind, even when you try to keep them out or you have to touch or count things or repeat the same action like washing over and over you could have OCD and it is time to seek treatment.

Our treatment approach for OCD

Our approach to treating OCD at Nightingale Hospital London combines individualised treatment programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. There are two types of treatment available for OCD: talking therapies and medication. Two types of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help your OCD. Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a way to stop compulsive behaviours and anxieties strengthening each other by gradually facing your fears and learning to prevent the usual compulsive behaviours. Cognitive Therapy (CT) helps you to change your reaction to the OCD thoughts you have.

Medication can also be effective in improving severe OCD. It is advised that this is in combination with CBT as once medication is stopped OCD symptoms can return.

OCD treatment tailored to you

Our OCD treatments here in London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have expertise in OCD to approach the support and treatment we offer in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.

OCD Specialists

Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your OCD. It is vital you find an OCD specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on OCD specialists and OCD treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.

Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.