While the adjective “OCD” has been used by some to describe an individual who demands perfection, neatness, or order in recent years, OCD as a mental health disorder is a complex, debilitating, and painful condition affecting almost 750,000 Canadians. OCD is a lifelong condition that centers around two groups of presenting symptoms: obsessions and compulsions.
Did you know that our thought patterns, values and beliefs are all programmed in the brain by the age of seven? These are our critical years where our brains development is largely influenced by our external environment. This includes biopsychosocial factors such as our biological characteristics (genetics), behavioural factors (beliefs and values), and social conditions
Most of us, in our modern, post-industrial, western culture are having difficulty in maintaining an appropriate relationship with food. Many of us are eating more than we should and many of us are trying to negate the effects by dieting. Others are endlessly anxious about their weight, shape, and size and are involved in an