OCD stands for Obsessive compulsive disorder.
OCD is a treatable anxiety disorder that affects more than 500,000 people in Australia. It usually develops in late childhood or early teenage years and without proper treatment can become a chronic condition. As the name suggests, there are 2 kinds of symptoms:
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.
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.
The exact cause of OCD is unknown. There is some evidence that OCD runs in families, but more research needs to be done in this area.
Unfortunately, the answer is not clear. Like many mental disorders, it’s thought to develop due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are several theories about the causes of OCD, including:
OCD can be treated effectively with psychiatry & psychological treatments (talking therapies) and, in some cases, medication. OCD can be treated if a person receives appropriate mental health care.
You will need a referral from your GP to access this service.
You will need a mental healthcare plan (MHCP) from your GP to access this service for Medicare rebates, unless paying privately.
The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please speak to your doctor for advice about your situation. HelloDoc is not liable for any consequences arising from relying on this information.