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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by the frequent presence of intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and compulsive behaviours or acts (compulsions). It can be misunderstood and related back to the idea of a person who likes to have things organised. OCD is in fact primarily an anxiety disorder characterised by the fear of something bad happening and the person being responsible.

The experience of unwanted and intrusive thoughts cause significant anxiety because of how the thoughts are appraised, which in turn causes compulsive behaviours. For example, if someone is worried that they haven’t switched off the oven before leaving the house, they may return home multiple times to check this. The anxiety caused by the fear of accidentally causing damage to themselves or others can be distressing and result in the person feeling compelled to complete checking behaviour to relieve this anxiety. However, the alleviation of these symptoms is usually short lived in those with OCD.

Five Tips

  1. Build your support networks. Strengthening the relationships around you and being open with others will help you to feel less alone, and will help you to cope better.
  2. Be patient. Recovery can take time and both medication and talking therapy can take a while to help you feel better.
  3. Learn to relax. As with many things, an increase in stress can exacerbate your symptoms. To read more about mindfulness techniques for stress please click here.
  4. Look after yourself. Being mindful of your diet and your sleep and engaging in regular exercise can help to improve your mental wellbeing.
  5. Join a support group. Many people with OCD find peer support groups normalising and they can offer coping skills and reduce isolation.


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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Five facts

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Our therapists specialising in obsessive compulsive disorder

Because we are online we can work with the Best therapists from across the country. Every HelloSelf therapist is an accredited psychotherapist who is both HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered and a member of the BPS (British Psychological Society).

Every HelloSelf therapist is interviewed and checked by our team & Clinical Director. We pride ourselves on working with the best Therapists in the UK, and our assessment process ensures we provide only the highest standards for our members.

Dr Annemarie O'Connor

I have over ten years experience of assessing, understanding and treating a range of diagnoses and psychological difficulties.

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Dr Jo Burrell

Jo is trained in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

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Ms Kirstie Wright

Since qualifying as a CBT Therapist I have worked as a CBT Therapist in both primary and secondary care and supervised people carrying out Low Intensity CBT Interventions.

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