Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness.
People with OCD have:

  • obsessions – unwanted thoughts about, for example, dirt and disease, terrible things happening, sex, violence, or religious themes
  • compulsions – overwhelming urges to do activities such as cleaning, checking, counting or praying.

The compulsions make a person with OCD feel (briefly) less guilty or anxious about their unwanted thoughts, which often disgust or horrify them.
The obsessive thoughts can be quite overwhelming, while compulsions can take up hours of a person’s day.

Around 1 in 100 Australians will have OCD at some point in their life.
It can affect anyone of any age, and usually starts in childhood.
People with OCD will often hide their illness from others. But there are effective treatments available and you should seek help if you are worried about yourself or a loved one.

Learn more https://www.yourhealthinmind.org/mental-illnesses-disorders/ocd


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