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UNDERSTAND & OVERCOME OCD

We often joke about OCD, but it’s a serious condition. Here’s how to recognise and treat it, in yourself and others

NATHALIE SALAUN is a chartered counselling psychologist specialising in OCD and anxiety disorders (nathalie salaun.co.uk)

People will sometimes refer to themselves as being ‘a bit OCD’, but that undermines the seriousness of true OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). If you have this condition, it really disrupts your life. You may feel panicky and carry out compulsions much of the time – it’s not just about neat kitchen shelves.

In OCD, you have obsessive thoughts with a compulsion to carry out behaviours to control them. At its root, OCD is a fear of causing harm to yourself or others. The best-known example is the form that causes a fear of contamination – so someone might wash their hands hundreds of times a day to get rid of germs. That’s well recognised as it’s something people can see. But others might have obsessions they may try to control in their minds or with less obvious behaviours. So someone might obsess when driving that they’ve run someone over, and go back repeatedly to check. Others may have obsessions related to their ethical, moral or sexual values, and have unwanted intrusive thoughts they try to control.

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