OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is an anxiety related condition where the individual experiences frequent intrusive and unwanted obsessional thoughts which are often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges.

Around 1.2% of the UK population suffers from OCD. OCD affects children, adolescents, adults and the elderly and is not gender specific and falls into four categories:

  • Checking
  • Hoarding
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Fear of contamination

OCD can start with being ‘overly organised’ or another term used today, ‘a bit anal’ or ‘I have obsessive tendencies’. These traits are not to be mistaken for someone who has OCD, living with severe OCD is debilitating and takes many hours out of the day which can cause significant misery and distress.

If you feel you would like more information on OCD please visit OCD UK or the NHS website.