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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health problem. It has two main parts that are connected: obsessions and compulsions.

Explore our information to learn more about OCD. And find ways to take care of yourself, and get treatment and support. 

Watch: OCD explained

Watch our series of animations explaining OCD.

You'll learn what OCD is, and how look after yourself if you experience it. And you'll find tips for supporting someone else with OCD. 

What is OCD?

Learn what obsessive-compulsive disorder is. Find out about the 'OCD cycle' of thoughts, feelings and behaviours – and what it's like to live with OCD. 


Read about the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Find examples of obsessions, compulsions, and what 'Pure O' means.

OCD and stigma

OCD has lots of stigma, stereotypes and misconceptions around it. Find out more, including tips to help if you experience stigma.


Find out why reasons why OCD can develop. Explains personal experiences and biological factors.


Read our tips to help you manage OCD. Includes ways to cope with compulsions and intrusive thoughts, and ideas for managing your wellbeing.


Learn about treatments that can help with OCD. Find out about CBT and ERP therapy, and medication for OCD. 

Helping someone else

If someone you know has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), learn how to support them – and yourself – with our advice.

Useful contacts

Find contact details of Mind's services, and organisations who offer information and support for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Simon's story: Living with OCD

Watch Simon share his experience of OCD, and how it affected his daily life.

And learn how he's found coping mechanisms in his passion for photography and trains. 

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