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obsessive compulsive disorder

By Jan van Niekerk, PhD, author of A Clinician’s Guide to Treating OCD

Any experienced psychological therapy practitioner will testify that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a wide-ranging condition. This presents a treatment challenge, because a one-size-fits-all approach will frequently fall short.

Last week, we discussed hyperawareness OCD, the subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder categorized by somatic obsessions and the constant, unwanted awareness of normal involuntary bodily perceptions. Today, we delve into another subtype of this disorder: harm OCD.

While mindfulness is one of the chief strategies for alleviating the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which is used to call attention to the body and mind without judgment or evaluation, in some cases, the brain can be too aware. Hyperawareness OCD, one of the subtypes of obsessive compulsive disorder, is essentially mindfulness hijacked by obsession.

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