Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be looked at in two parts: obsessions – these are repetitive, obtrusive, unwanted thoughts that are experienced and result in unreasonable fears, and compulsions – acts or rituals carried out in response to fears generated by obsessions

Although many people experience minor obsessions (e.g. worrying about leaving the oven on, or if they have locked the door) and compulsions (e.g. rituals, like avoiding walking under ladders), these don’t significantly interfere with their daily lives, or don’t last long

If you experience OCD, the obsessions and compulsions can cause considerable fear and distress. They often take up a significant amount of time, and can disrupt your ability to carry on with your day-to-day to life. For example, going to work, or maintaining relationships with friends and family.

Many people with OCD experience feelings of shame and loneliness which often stop them from seeking help, particularly if they experience distressing thoughts about subjects such as religion, sex or violence. Often this means that many people try to cope with OCD alone, or until the symptoms are so severe they can’t hide them anymore.

How common is OCD?

  • 1.3 per cent of the population of England have obsessive compulsive disorder at any one time
  • up to 3 per cent of the population will experience obsessive compulsive disorder at some time in their life

How can we help?

You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide on a therapy that is best suited to your needs. The therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.

To speak to someone in confidence for advice or to arrange an appointment please contact our team on Freephone 0800 230 0688

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