Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic (long-term) mental health condition that is usually associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.

An obsession is an unwanted, unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person’s mind and results in anxiety. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that a person feels compelled to perform to try to avert or undo the effect of the obsession.

Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder 

The symptoms of OCD can range from mild to severe. For example, some people with OCD will spend about an hour a day engaged in obsessive compulsive thinking and behaviour. For others, the condition can completely take over their life.

While obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that can affect people differently, it usually causes a particular pattern of thought and behaviour.

Patterns of thought and behaviour

Most people with OCD generally fall into a set pattern or cycle of thought and behaviour. This pattern has four main steps:

Some common obsessions that affect people with OCD include:

Some common types of compulsive behaviour that affect people with OCD include:

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