All of us obsess about things from time to time – whether we left the iron on, or if we shut the door – but obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is much more serious.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health anxiety disorder condition where you have recurring (obsessive) thoughts and repetitive (compulsive) behaviours that you cannot control. Obsessions are frequent intrusive, unwanted thoughts which cause anxiety, disgust or unease. Compulsions are activities carried out repetitively in an attempt to temporarily relieve the distressing feelings of the obsessive thoughts. For some people with OCD, obsessions and compulsions may occupy an hour a day, but for others it can become so severe that it takes over – preventing them from living a normal life, holding them captive, and potentially damaging their health, relationships, education or employment.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is usually treated with talking therapies. Medicines may help if your symptoms are severe.
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