What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Do you struggle with intrusive thoughts, urges or impulses? Do you get caught up in repetitive behaviours, such as washing your hands or repeating words? Are you trying really hard to get rid of thoughts and feelings? Do you have a fear of losing control? Do you have difficult thoughts about sex or violence?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where people are plagued by unwanted and repeated thoughts, images, sensations and feelings. In response, sufferers engage in actions or mental acts, very often as a way to reduce or get rid of these obsessions.
It is estimated that around 2% of the population is struggling with OCD, which can range from being mild to severe, with some people’s lives being greatly affected.
Although the exact cause of OCD is unknown, there are a few factors that are thought to contribute to its development:
Biology and genetics – OCD may be passed on through families
Trauma – People who have experienced trauma, such as abuse are at risk of developing OCD
Brain – scans have shown that the brains of people with OCD function differently.