The disorder 500,000 Australians are silently living with 68



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There is a disorder that so many Australians are living with every day… But they do so in silence. 500,000 Australians wake up every day, some not even realising exactly why they are “that way”. Some people may call them pedantic, fussy or difficult. But the truth is they can’t turn it off. Only a third of patients have ever sought out some kind of professional treatment or help and it is time we changed this.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious problem, and new research that will be released later today will support the findings of the Australian Physiological Society, suggesting that e-therapies like a virtual therapist could be just as effective for helping OCD sufferers as a face-to-face practitioner.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor Michael Kyrios, director of the ANU Research School of Psychology and president of the Australian Psychological Society, said an evaluation of online treatments proved it could be as effective as face-to-face therapy in people with low to moderate OCD.

“I was not a believer,” he said. “I was always of the view that you needed to have face-to-face therapy to have any impact on their wellbeing but it does work and it works really well as a form of early intervention.”

Australia is renowned as a world leader in e-therapy, and these programs will assist OCD sufferers by using interactive cognitive behavioural therapy.

Professor Kyrios’ research has found that e-therapy can reach people who don’t traditionally seek help for mental health problems, as well as those in remote areas. “This is a way to overcome the physical and psychological barriers,” he said. “This may be a way of getting to males, particularly males.”

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, that people with OCD endure symptoms for an average of seven years before seeking help, with the condition generally becoming chronic if left untreated. In about 50 per cent of cases symptoms first appear when in the sufferer is in their teens and are defined by recurrent and persistent thoughts and repetitive behaviours performed according to rigid rules.

Speaking from personal experience, growing up with a neighbour with OCD, I can attest to the seriousness of the disorder. James found it difficult to play with other children when he was young. He wouldn’t let other people into his room, he would get incredibly emotional when something upset his day-to-day pattern and he only had a mild case of OCD.

It is something we very rarely talk about, but with so many Australians living in silence every day, it is time to break the stigma.

Have you or a loved one suffered from OCD? Do you welcome the e-therapies for sufferers? 

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  1. Let’s hope e-therapy takes off and becomes a back up tool for a host of other not so serious psychological problems too.

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    • I wasn’t referring to OCD as not being serious. I meant it could help other problems that weren’t as serious as OCD. Believe me I know full well how bad OCD can be.

  2. I have seen working with EFT make an amazing impact. (Emotional Freedom Technique ) There some really good practitioners that work with this modality.

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    • Lyn, if you google EFT, you will find that its easy to learn to do it yourself, and for free!

  3. Must be so difficult to live with. Let’s hope it comes out into the open now & is dealt with.

  4. Great to hear there is help available. This condition is extremely difficult for sufferers and their families and friends to deal with.

  5. Live with a husband for over 40 years it does my head in
    In bed at the moment but I will tell you exactly what he will do when he wakes up
    I have to go away every now and then to get away from it
    Off for a weeks holiday tomorrow
    I haven’t even packed but it will be done and I will fly out tomorrow
    Mind you I love to play mind games when he puts his shoes in a straight line I give them a kick and wait to see how long it will take to notice not long ? Long suffering wife Sue

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  6. Would be helpful if you named the disorder instead of click baiting me into using my download allowance on something which may not interest me.

  7. What happened to the comment from Sue, about the secretive posts from this site….saying she had to open the link to discover what the disease was, when she may not find it of interest. I was about to reply by saying they want you to read their ads of course…..but it has been deleted….haha!

  8. The problem is; how does one get their “James” to seek help or recognize that he needs to do this? It’s just me!

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