WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPLUSIVE DISORDER?
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.