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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

People whose lives are dominated by compulsive hand-washing or having to re-check the locks in their home often suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It usually involves obsessions (intrusive thoughts or impulses) and compulsions (repeated behaviours) such as washing, checking or counting to counteract them.

The repetition usually brings no pleasure, as addictive behaviours do, and is usually seen as irrational to the sufferer. Often it is an exhausting way of managing a fear and can be secretive.


  • Checking and re-checking doors, locks or safely features

  • Compulsively cleaning hands, surfaces or clothing

  • Continually aligning and stacking items in order

  • Repeatedly counting or praying

  • Depressed mood or guilt

  • Intrusive worries about harming or hurting another


It is an anxiety disorder which affects almost a million people in Britain; 2% of the population, and interferes with, or even disrupts, daily life. At a physical level it may involve communication problems between the brain's orbital cortex and the deeper structure so that a message or thought becomes ‘stuck’. Low serotonin levels have also been detected in sufferers.

The compulsion is often carried out to prevent the obsession being true, and so the repeated behaviours can maintain the condition as the rituals appear to keep the fears at bay, i.e. the house does not get burgled because all the locks were carefully checked. Sometimes the condition seeks to control an internal destructiveness that the sufferer fears.

Most men develop the disorder in their teens, and women in their 20's and symptoms come and go, often increased by stress.

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A provider of information, practical and emotional support for anyone affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We facilitate a safe environment for people who experience the condition to communicate with each other and provide mutual understanding and support.



OCD Action
Provides support and information to anybody affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), working to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers, and striving to secure a better deal for people with OCD.

OCD Youth

A good website with particular emphasis on young people.

An excellent resource site run by the NHS in Glasgow.




Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. How can we help you


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In this section you will find a selection of leaflets you can download or print.

Self help leaflet from NHS Northumberland

Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Leaflet from Counselling Directory

Self help leaflet from MoodJuice

Local Resources in Swindon

Swindon Samaritans

Swindon and District Samaritans has been offering emotional support to those in crisis for more than 40 years. You can call or email 24hrs a day.



Swindon MIND

Local branch of the national charity providing support, resources and drop-in sessions.



This information was put together by Swindon Counsellor and Psychotherapist Andrew Cornick. If you would like to find out how counselling might help you please contact me at any time.


Tel:      01793 710252

Mobile: 07732 570346

Please email me

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