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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a type of anxiety that means people have unwanted thoughts and worries (obsessions) followed by an urge to do something (compulsions)
Common examples of OCD include:
- I have left the house unlocked (obsession) - I have to check the door again (compulsion)
- I'm dirty I might get a disease (obsession) - I need to clean my hands (compulsion)
Dealing with the unwanted thoughts and behaviours can be exhausting as people may have to go through them hundreds of times a day. It can impact upon peoples’ abilities to live everyday life – e.g. by interfering with work schedules, relationships, where a person can go and what a person can do.
For support around OCD and to learn more about young peoples experience of OCD visit OCD Youth.
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