Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common anxiety-related mental health condition. It can affect anyone, at any age; some people develop the condition early, often around puberty but it typically develops during early adulthood.

OCD presents itself in many guises and there are lots of different symptoms that the sufferer can experience, such as having obsessional and intrusive thoughts or the carrying out of compulsive behaviors. OCD symptoms can be very distressing and can significantly interfere with the quality life of the sufferer and impact upon the lives of their loved ones.

There are two main types of symptoms: obsessions and compulsions.

  • Obsessions are persistent and uncontrollable thoughts, images, urges, worries, fears or doubts that repeatedly appear your mind. They can make you feel very anxious
  • Compulsions are repetitive physical behaviors or mental thought rituals that are performed over and over again in an attempt to relieve the anxiety caused by obsessional thoughts