Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that has two main parts – obsessions and compulsions

Who is affected by OCD?

OCD can sometimes start in childhood, but it more commonly affects teenagers or young adults.

Young people sometimes experience mild obsessions and compulsions when growing up, but this is usually because of stress or big changes at home, school, with family or friends.

A lot of young people can find that their home life or friendships become difficult, particularly if they’re hiding their OCD. This often makes them worry more or feel more stressed.

A lot of people with OCD will try to stop their habits or stop intrusive thoughts, but this usually only makes things worse. They tend to feel frustrated or anxious that they haven’t carried out the compulsion or allowed the obsession into their minds.

 


Real Life Experience

If you'd like to share your experiences of living with OCD, please email us at tewv.vrc@nhs.net