Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

We all have habits and ways that we like to do things. We often hear people say that they have OCD when they mean they like to have things done in a certain way. However, OCD is a serious anxiety disorder that affects the way people think, the way people feel and the way people act. People with OCD
experience (often intrusive) obsessions and feel compelled or have urges to perform certain actions or rituals. Typically, the symptoms of OCD get in the way of everyday living.

About one in 50 people experience OCD. Obsessions may be experienced as horrible thoughts or preoccupations and worries that seem irrational or over the top. Compulsions may include excessive washing, checking, counting or repeating actions. The compulsions may be used as a way to stop the obsessions from entering the mind, to decrease anxiety or the person might believe that their actions prevent terrible things from happening.

At CAMHS we work hard alongside you to get to a shared understanding of what is going on and develop a plan that will help you to manage the OCD in a different, more helpful way.

More information can be found by following these links:

Royal College of Psychiatrists:
http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/obsessivecompulsivedisorder/obsessivecomplusivediso
rder.aspx

Young Minds:
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/whats_worrying_you/obsessions_compulsions

National Guidelines:
http://www.nice.org.uk/