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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions)  that lead you to do repetitive behaviours (compulsions). With obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may realise that your obsessions are not reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder often centres around themes such as a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they are sore and chapped. Despite your efforts, thoughts of obsessive-compulsive behaviour keep coming back.

People with OCD are often reluctant to seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed. If you have OCD, there is nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. It is a long-term health condition like diabetes or asthma, and it is not your fault you have it.

Always seek professional medical advice if you think you have OCD. Seeking help is important because it is unlikely your symptoms will improve if left untreated, and they may get worse.

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