Sunday, 24 July 2022


OCD is short hand for an anxiety disorder which involves obsessions or compulsions.                                                                                                       


  • Obsessions are persistent thoughts, impulses or images which people can experience as intrusive or inappropriate. 
  • The most common types of obsessions concern thoughts about being contaminated, doubts about having done something, fears about being aggressive or losing control, or fears about recurring sexual imagery.                                                                                           


  • Compulsions are repetitive behaviours which are overt or covert. Some of the most common overt behaviours people experience can involve hand washing, checking, or the ordering or alignment of objects. 
  • Some of the most common covert behaviours people experience can involve counting, repeating words, focusing, distraction, rumination or mind control.               

Why is OCD distressing

  • OCD is distressing because obsessions and compulsions can eat away at a persons ability to undertake everyday tasks and activities.

Why do people develop OCD

  • Often people develop obsession or compulsions to reduce anxiety and distress, or prevent a feared event from happening. 
  • Some times people develop compulsions which are performed according to specific rules, as a way of warding off a feared event, situation or perceived looming catastrophe.

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