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Name  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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May sometimes be linked with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, or the mental health condition PTSD.

Symptoms of OCD

OCD is a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are problems with the way you think or feel.

Neurological conditions are problems with your brain or nervous system. Neurological conditions can sometimes lead to mental health problems.

"Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. It has two main parts: obsessions and complusions.

  • Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. They can make you feel very anxious (although some people describe it as 'mental discomfort' rather than anxiety).
  • Compulsions are repetitive activities that you do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsession. It could be something like repeatedly checking a door is locked, repeating a specific phrase in your head or checking how your body feels."

Link opens in new window Source: Mind www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/about-ocd

Useful National contacts

The Brain Charity can offer counselling for OCD at our centre in Liverpool.

OCD Action
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Phone: 0845 390 6232

TOP UK: The OCD and Phobia Charity
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Phone: 01225 571740

Online resources

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) (NHS Choices)
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD (British Deaf Association video with subtitles and signing)
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OCD brains 'are different' (NHS Choices)
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OCD and PTSD – and the relationship between the two (PTSD UK)
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Obsessive compulsive disorder and driving (GOV.UK)
You must tell the DVLA if your obsessive compulsive disorder affects your driving
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News and events  
Our resources

Obsessive Compulsive Disoder: The Facts The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on OCD and on a wide range of disability-related issues. Visit our library to read the book Obsessive Compulsive Disoder: The Facts by Stanley Rachmen and Padmal De Silva.

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