What is OCD?

In general people with OCD experience obsessions. These are thoughts, pictures or impulses which are usually unpleasant and come to mind when we don’t want them (intrusive thoughts).

Many things can trigger these obsessions, and they usually leave the person feeling very anxious, uncomfortable or frightened. The compulsion is the behaviour performed in order to right the obsession. Sometimes the behaviour performed is quite irrational (OCD sufferers recognises this) such as counting up in sevens for seven minutes. Sometimes the behaviour is more closely related to the obsessional thought, such as washing hands many times to avoid thoughts of contamination.

Most people with OCD know that their compulsions are unreasonable or over the top but they feel unable to control their thoughts or change their behaviour.

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