Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Explains what obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

OCD and me

OCD symptoms can be distressing and disruptive to the lives of those that struggle with the disorder. A member

Posted on 03/11/2017

Dealing with intrusive thoughts

Amber blogs about how her OCD can came in the form of intrusive thoughts and how she deals with it.

Posted on 06/08/2018

Living with OCD

Charlotte blogs about her experience of OCD and how it affects her day-to-day life.

Posted on 23/06/2016

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Carers UK

0808 808 7777 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm)
[email protected]

Information and support for people caring for someone else.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Lists some NHS therapy services for stress, depression and anxiety (England only). You can self-refer if you're registered with a GP surgery in England.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Produces guidelines on best practice in healthcare.

NHS Service Search

Searchable database of NHS services in England.

OCD Action 

0845 390 6232 
Information and support for people affected by OCD and hoarding, including online forums and local support groups.


0845 120 3778 
Charity run by and for people with OCD.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professional body for psychiatrists. Includes information about mental health problems and treatments.

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)

Provides self-help therapy groups and support for those with OCD, phobias and related anxiety disorders.

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