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What is OCD? (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Hey all! It’s your girl Shannon again! (Yes my shitty brain has worked with me and my schedule! I’m enjoying this while it lasts!)

As you’ve seen my previous what is posts! (If you haven’t check them out now! I’ll link them down below!)

What is BPD?

What is Bipolar Disorder?

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

What is Depression?

Today topic is OCD! (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is a form of anxiety. It is an anxiety disorder. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

Who can have OCD?

Just like any mental illness. It could happen to anyone. Any age. Any gender. Sometimes it develops while you are in the middle of puberty. Or it could happen while you are facing adulthood.

OCD can mess with your life and it could stop you from doing simple daily chores what other people take for granted.

Causes of OCD?

Just like any other mental illnesses we have no idea what causes it but there could be some events and factors what play a part in it and what triggers it.

Family History– (Genes. It’s just like a physical illness with genetics. If one of your family has OCD, you could potentially develop it.)

Chemical imbalance of the brain– (people with OCD have areas of high activity in their brain or low levels of a chemical called serotonin which could be a factor for developing OCD)

Traumatic life experiences- (Any trauma what happened to your life could potentially develop and trigger OCD.. Take for example: Bereavement or being neglected or even bullying!)

Personality- (People with high personal standards may be more likely to develop OCD, as may those who are generally quite anxious or have a very strong sense of responsibility for themselves and others)

Types of OCD? (Information is located on OCD UK)

Checking(Checking is often carried out multiple times, sometimes hundreds of times  and might last for an hour or even longer causing significant impact on the person’s life, being late for school, work, social occasions and other appointments!)

Contamination– (The fear of being dirty and contamination is the obsessional worry, often fear is that contamination might cause harm to ones self or a loved one. The common compulsions might be to wash or clean or avoid!)

Mental Contamination– Feelings of mental contamination can be evoked by times when a person perhaps felt badly treated, physically or mentally, through critical or verbally abusive remarks. It is almost as if they are made to feel like dirt, which creates a feeling of internal uncleanliness — even in the absence of any physical contact with a dangerous/dirty object. A distinctive feature of mental contamination is that the source is almost always human, unlike the contact contamination that is caused by physical contact with inanimate objects!)

Hoarding- (Hoarding Disorder is a condition where a person struggles to discard useless or worn out possessions, acquires an excessive number of items and stores them, usually in a chaotic manner resulting in unmanageable clutter!)

Rumination- (Rumination is actually a train of prolonged thinking about a question or theme that is undirected and unproductive!)

Intrusive thoughts- (Where a person generally suffers with obsessional thoughts that are repetitive, disturbing and often horrific and repugnant in nature, for example, thoughts of causing violent or sexual harm to loved ones which don’t involve specific immediate compulsions!)

Symmetry and Orderliness- (The need to have everything lined up symmetrically just ‘right’ is the compulsion, the obsessive fear might be to ensure everything feels ‘just right’ to prevent discomfort or sometimes to prevent harm occurring!)

Symptoms of OCD?

Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images.

Fear of losing or not having things you might need.

Accumulating things what aren’t very necessary such as old newspapers or empty food containers.

Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others.

Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas.

Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.

Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.

Treatment for OCD?

CBT- (Cognitive behavioural therapy)

Medication such as antidepressants.

Self help and self care.

Support groups. (OCD UK & OCD Action & Top Uk )

OCD isn’t anyone fault.

Here is some numbers to contact when you are expierencing a mental health crisis: 

Samaritians- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week: 

Call this number – 116 123 

Email address is 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men!  5pm to midnight every day.

Call this number: 0800 58 58 58 

Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat

Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm. 

Phone number: 0800 068 41 41 

Text Number: 07786 209697


Childline- For children and young people under 19. 

Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill) 

The Silver Line- For older people 

Call: 0800 4 70 80 90 

In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433

In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14

In other countries- Visit ISAP OR to find a helpline in your country. 

Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK: 

1 Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment. 

2 Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need. 

3 Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one. 

Love from Shannon Diana xx

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