Thought this may be useful for a few people on here!
This is a new app called ‘Self-help Anxiety Management' by The University Of West England
SAM has been developed by a university team of Psychologists, computer scientists and student users. It engages established methods of self-help and high standards of usability to provide a engaging, flexible & practical resource.
This app is currently only available for devices using Android.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic and disabling disorder that presents itself in several medical settings, but is under-recognized and under-treated. OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that affect a person’s everyday life at work, home, or in social situations. These thoughts can be in the form of nonsensial words, ideas, or phrases that repeatedly come to mind and are extremely difficult, if even possible, to get rid of. (Ex. fear of germs, unwanted sexual or aggressive thoughts or images) Compulsions are repeated actions that a person is compelled to do in order to prevent anxiety. (Ex. washing or checking over their shoulder). These behaviors are unpleasant and often difficult to resist by the person. Over time if left untreated, these compulsions can even be impossible to ignore causing it to severely affect their everyday life (Ex. hand washing to the point where the skin dries out and becomes unhealthy, eating disorders). The spectrum of severity is huge and ranges from mild to severe. The cause of OCD is unknown, but genes and chemical imbalances in the brain are thought to play a role in the illness. Most OCD symptoms are triggered by stress. Unfortunately there are no specific tests to determine OCD, however, psychiatric evaluations by a psychiatric specialist is the main way to diagnose the disorder. When being evaluated, the specialist would ask questions like:
Do you wash or clean a lot?
Do you check a lot?
Are there any unwanted thoughts that you would like to, but can’t seem to get rid of?
Are your daily activities difficult to finish due to these thoughts or behaviors?
Do things have to be in a special order to prevent anxiety?
Do messes upset you?
Are you troubled by these problems?
There really isn’t a cure for OCD. The only option there is, is treatment to help control the symptoms such as behavioral therapy or medication (usually antidepressants). Symptoms can lessen over time but rarely leave the mind completely.
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