Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Young people with OCD obsess about bad things happening, often to themselves or family and friends. They know they don’t like or want these thoughts, but feel the only way of dealing and coping with them is by repeating the compulsive behaviour.
OCD has three parts:
You may feel the need to:
Sometimes these obsessional thoughts and rituals can cause such great distress they can stop you carrying on with your day to day activities e.g, Not going out due to the amount of times they have to check every electric item is switched off.
No one really knows what causes OCD to happen, although there is lots of research and ideas, including how the brain works, stress being a trigger, and that there is often more than one person in a family with OCD or anxiety problems. We all have lots of different thoughts that pop into their heads and most of which we are able to ignore them and move on, but for some people it is not that easy.
One of the main ways of treating OCD is through Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy that can help you manage your OCD by changing the way you think about how you manage your obsessions, compulsions and behaviour.