OCD is an anxiety disorder where people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviour that makes them feel driven to to do something (compulsions).

Often the person carries out the behaviours to get rid of the obsessive thoughts but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. These obsessions or compulsions are not due to any medical illness or drug use, and they cause major distress or interfere with everyday life.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment

OCD is usually treated with medication and therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is useful – the patient is exposed many times to the situation that triggers the the obsessive thought, and learns gradually to tolerate the anxiety and so resist the urge to perform the compulsion.

Other forms of therapy can help you learn ways to reduce stress, to reduce anxiety and inner conflicts.