We are all wired to feel symptoms of panic in order to help keep ourselves safe. However, sometimes these symptoms occur at times when there actually is no risk. These symptoms may include: unexpected feelings of impending doom, changes in breathing, sense of detachment, racing thoughts, increased heart rate, and intense feelings of fear. In learning how this impacts our bodies and minds, it is possible to gain a sense of confidence in managing these quite distressing sensations and thoughts.
Symptoms of OCD include: obsessional thought patterns about such things as contamination/germs, sexuality, mistakes, order and symmetry, etc. These thoughts can become associated with compulsive thoughts or behaviours. It can feel like your brain is waging a constant battle. I help clients alter their relationship with OCD symptoms to minimize their power and decrease the distress they can sometimes bring.