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Obsessions and compulsions

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Obsessions and compulsions

The term OCD can often be mistakenly used to describe a person’s character, unusual interests or preferred cleaning habits. However, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a recognised anxiety-related disorder which significantly interferes with daily activities and social interactions and can be very distressing and debilitating for the person.

  • Obsessions are unwanted thoughts, images and urges often relating to potential harm for example thinking all handles could be contaminated.
  • Compulsions or repeated behaviours often in response to unwanted thoughts.

Compulsions can be visible for example repeated hand washing. Others are unseen like counting patterns or rhymes. Not all actions are directly related to the perceived danger e.g. harm to others. Many people are able to live with their symptoms but others require professional help.

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Downloads

Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
OCD Pages (Young Minds) Clear, brief information on how OCD affects young people, types of help, useful sources of information and support.
NHS NTW Obsessions and Compulsions Self Help Leaflet Self-help booklet includes symptom checklists, ways of managing the symptoms and how to get help.
Relaxation techniques Techniques that can be used to reduce your OCD symptoms.
OCD Treatments videos - Katie D'Ath Some informative and clear information and advice by an OCD treatment CBT Psychotherapist


Places to get help

Resource Description
OCD Action It contains useful information on all aspects of OCD. It offers phone, email, local groups and online forum support.
OCD UK Provides information on OCD and national support groups.
No Panic Sheffield Runs a local CBT based self-help group which is popular with students and other members of the public for a variety of anxiety related disorder.
IAPT Sheffield Offers cognitive behavioural therapy suitable for OCD. Self referral for an IAPT assessment by a psychological wellbeing practitioner at your GP practice.


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