Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be a huge challenge. Expressed as obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours OCD can affect anyone, at any age, more usually during early adulthood.
Sometimes distressing OCD can significantly interfere with your life. Fortunately there are a range of treatments to help you manage it.
- Obsession – where an unwanted, intrusive and often distressing thought, image or urge repeatedly enters your mind. Anxiety – the obsession provokes a feeling of intense anxiety or distress.
- Compulsion – repetitive behaviours or mental acts that you feel driven to perform as a result of the anxiety and distress caused by the obsession.
- Temporary relief – the compulsive behaviour temporarily relieves the anxiety, but the obsession and anxiety soon returns, causing the cycle to begin again.