OCD involves upsetting thoughts or impulses (“obsessions”) and repeated behaviours or mental actions (“compulsions”) that are used to manage the anxiety linked with them. Examples of obsessions include; the thought of unintentionally harming a child or loved one, thoughts of contamination by germs, blasphemous or sexual thoughts or the impulse to jump in front of a train. These obsessions are no different from those we all experience, but when someone has OCD, they might struggle to dismiss them as irrational and instead see them as threatening. They may then try to reduce the anxious feelings they have by carrying out compulsions or rituals such as repeated hand washing, checking lights or repeating a phrase in their mind.
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If you would like support in relation to OCD, we offer a range of evidence based treatment options as recommended by the NICE guidelines. To request an assessment from a member of our therapy team, click here.