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Obsessive compulsive disorder

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Introduction
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.
Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects individuals differently, but it usually causes a particular pattern of thought and behaviour.
Causes of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Despite much research being carried out into obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the exact cause of the condition has not yet been identified.
Diagnosing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Visit your GP if you think you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The day-to-day impact of OCD can be reduced if it is diagnosed and effectively treated.
Treating obsessive compulsive disorder
If you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), your treatment will depend on how much your ability to function is affected. It is likely to involve behavioural therapy and medication.
Living with obsessive compulsive disorder
Many people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can trace some of their anxieties and compulsions back to their childhood.
'Many people are unaware that OCD can take a sinister angle'
Diana Wilson had obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for 26 years. Now working for OCD UK, here she shares her story about how she finally overcame the disorder.