OCD is an anxiety disorder, where a person experiences frequent obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges.
It affects 1.2% of the population and can be debilitating. One of the greatest challenges that people with OCD face is the need to fight the stigma of mental health disorders and the widely held belief that OCD is a mild or even "quirky" problem that is nothing more than hand washing.
Many people now use the term "a bit OCD" without understanding the onerous nature of the disorder in its severe form.
Treatment is available to help people to learn to live with OCD. The first step to accessing help is through your GP.
Useful people to talk to:
Tel: 03332 127890
OCD-UK is a national charity run by and for people with lived experience of OCD supporting people through the difficult times, right through to recovery and everything in between. Their support line is open 10am to 4:45pm Monday to Friday.
Helpline: 03444 775774
Text service: 07537 416905
Anxiety UK (one of our partner organisations) is run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety based depression, supported by a high profile medical advisory panel to help improve services for those living with anxiety and anxiety based depression along with raising awareness of the conditions. Their helpline is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm.
Tel: 0300 636 5478
OCD Action is the largest UK charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder providing support and information along with raising awareness of the disorder and securing a better deal for people with OCD. Their helpline is open 9:30am to 8pm Monday to Friday.