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OCD is a com­mon men­tal health con­di­tion – in which a per­son has ob­ses­sive thoughts and com­plu­sive be­hav­iour. It af­fects men, women and chil­dren of all ages.

OCD can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on peo­ple’s lives – but treat­ment and ther­apy can help. Symp­toms can in­clude un­wanted and un­pleas­ant thoughts and im­ages lead­ing to feel­ings of anx­i­ety and un­ease.

This can of­ten take the form of repet­i­tive be­hav­iour that a suf­ferer needs to carry out to re­lieve the un­pleas­ant feel­ings. For ex­am­ple, some­one with an ob­ses­sive fear that their house could be bur­gled could need to check win­dows and doors are locked sev­eral times be­fore they leave the prop­erty.

There are about 750,000 peo­ple liv­ing in the UK af­fected by OCD.

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