Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours and can affect anyone at any age, more usually during early adulthood. Sometimes OCD can significantly interfere with your life and cause distress, however there are a range of treatments to help you manage it.


Recognise the signs & symptoms

Possible signs of OCD

  1. Obsession – where an unwanted, intrusive and often distressing thought, image or urge repeatedly enters your mind. The obsession provokes a feeling of intense anxiety or distress.
  2. Compulsion – repetitive behaviours or mental acts that you feel driven to perform as a result of the anxiety and distress caused by the obsession.
  3. Temporary relief – the compulsive behaviour temporarily relieves the anxiety, but the obsession and anxiety soon returns, causing the cycle to begin again.

Useful resources & apps

Get more information

Young Minds
Anxiety & depression Association of America
Mood Juice

Useful information for parents and carers

Very Well Mind
Parent tool kit

Useful apps

GGOC: OCD Training App