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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings or behaviours that make them feel driven to do something.

Each person who suffers from OCD describes something slightly differently.

In general people with OCD experience obsessions, these are thoughts, pictures or impulses that are usually unpleasant and come into your mind when you don’t want them to.  A person’s level of OCD can vary and the impact on you can at times be extreme and affect your daily life and leave you feeling anxious, uncomfortable or frightened.  The compulsion is what you do in order to put right the obsession, this can be quiet irrational such as counting up in 3’s for 3 minutes. Sometimes the behaviour is closely linked to the thought such as washing hands many times in order to avoid contamination.

Hoarding

Another form of OCD is Hoarding. Hoarding is the compulsive and excessive purchasing, collecting, searching, and saving of items. Those affected by hoarding could include behaviours such as avoiding throwing away possessions (common hoarded items are newspapers, magazines, paper and plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing); experiencing severe anxiety about discarding possessions and feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions.

People hoard for many reasons, among them the belief that their possessions will be useful or valuable in the future, have sentimental value, are unique and irreplaceable, or because they can’t decide where something goes, it’s better just to keep it.

 

Talking Therapies can offer different types of therapy and support for these types of difficulties. To discuss how talking therapies might help you please – Refer Yourself and you will be contacted to arrange an initial First Appointment.