Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It is when someone experiences ongoing intrusive thoughts and fears which may present as obsessional behaviour.

These obsessions lead to the person carrying out behaviours or rituals (compulsions). Examples may include:

  • a fear of germs which leads to constant washing of hands or clothes
  • feeling distressed by unpredictable changes to routine
  • feeling excessively worried about certain aspects of life, such as needing to constantly check locked doors.  

It’s important to see your GP or health practitioner if you think you might have OCD – it can be treated.

To find out more about OCD or get support, visit the websites below.


Related websites

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.

Anxiety Support Canterbury
A non-profit organisation working for people who experience or support others with any form of anxiety.

Anxiety New Zealand Trust
A non-profit organisation aiming to educate, support and treat severe anxiety, phobic and obsessive compulsive disorders.

NHS Choices

Health information from the UK National Health Service.

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