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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health condition where you have recurring thoughts and repetitive behaviours that you cannot control.

The main symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are unpleasant thoughts and repetitive behaviours, which you cannot control.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is usually treated with talking therapies. Medicines may help if your symptoms are severe.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are unpleasant thoughts and repetitive behaviours, which you cannot control.

Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

If you have OCD, you'll usually experience frequent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

For example, someone with an obsessive fear of being burgled may feel they need to check all the windows and doors are locked several times before they can leave their house.

Women can sometimes have OCD during pregnancy or after their baby is born. Obsessions may include worrying about harming the baby or not sterilising feeding bottles properly. Compulsions could be things such as repeatedly checking the baby is breathing.

Read more on the NHS website.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is usually treated with talking therapies. Medicines may help if your symptoms are severe.

Medical treatments

There are some effective treatments for OCD that can help reduce the impact it has on your life.

The main treatments are:

CBT will usually have an effect quite quickly. It can take several months before you notice the effects of treatment with SSRIs, but most people will eventually benefit.

If these treatments do not help, you may be offered an alternative SSRI or be given a combination of an SSRI and CBT.

Some people may be referred to a specialist mental health service for further treatment.

Read more on the NHS website.