People suffering from OCD have unpleasant, distressing obsessions and/or frequent unwanted obsessive thoughts. They often present compulsive behaviours in order to reduce their anxiety or distress. These repetitive behaviours or mental acts are causing them functional impairment or distress.
You likely have OCD if you experience an obsession or a compulsive behaviour.
· An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.
· A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to do to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought (NHS 2019).
People with OCD are often reluctant to seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed. There is no need to be ashamed! OCD is a health condition like any other, so there’s nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about.
Help is here for you, you can break these habits and confront your fears.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if your think that you have OCD.
NHS (2019). Overview. Obsessive compusive disorder. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/