Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Welcome to our Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder self-help page. Here we explain what Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder is, possible causes and how to access support and treatment. It also includes tips and guidance for family members and friends

What is OCD?

OCD is a condition in which you may experience obsessive and compulsive thoughts and actions.

Obsessions are thoughts which repeat themselves on a loop which you may feel you have no control over and cause distress and anxiety. For example, you may worry excessively that you have left the cooker, on or that your hands are contaminated.

Compulsions are behaviours which you carry out to try and alleviate the excessive thoughts and accompanying anxiety. For example, repeatedly checking the cooker to ensure that it is turned off, or washing your hands excessively.

Click the picture below to explore more about the symptoms of OCD, self-care techniques, treatments available and information for friends and family

What do other people with OCD say about it?

Foyez shares his experience of OCD 

Charlotte discusses OCD and how it impacts her life 



Fasial talks about how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helped him with his OCD symptoms

Kimberley talks about the importance of discussing OCD and seeking help

Useful Contacts

OCD Action

Overview: Support and information for people with OCD, their family, friends and carers
Telephone: 0845 390 6232
Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk


Overview: service-user led charity who campaign for people with OCD and help put people with OCD in touch with local support groups

NHS Choices – Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder

Overview: Information about OCD
Website: www.nhs.uk

Time to Change – OCD Blogs

Overview: OCD blogs and stories
Website: www.time-to-change.org.uk

Maternal OCD

Overview: advice and information for mothers with OCD
Website: www.maternalocd.org


Overview: Website offering mental health information and advice including on OCD
Website: www.overcoming.co.uk

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas


YouTube. (2016). Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) | Talking about mental health - Episode 6. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW2tR1KQmxg#action=share [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

Nhs.uk. (2016). Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Obsessive-compulsive-disorder/Pages/Introductionx [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

Mind.org.uk. (2016). Treatments for OCD | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/treatments-for-ocd/ [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

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