Are we all 'a little bit' OCD?

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1. A serious and debilitating disorder

Most of us use ‘OCD’ to describe people who want things ‘just so’ or who are excessively perfectionist.

One example is someone who can’t help straightening all the cushions on their sofa when their friends get off it. Another is someone who always eats the different bits of a meal on their plate in the same order, and in exactly the same way.

But the truth about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is much, much more serious.

2. CLICKABLE: Is it just about hand-washing?

OCD is often caricatured as endless hand-washing, but the symptoms can appear in many different ways, some of which may not be obvious to other people. Click on the hand icon below to find out about the real symptoms.

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3. CLICKABLE: The cycle of obsession

Click on the hand icon below to explore the debilitating cycle of intrusive thoughts, anxiety and compulsive behaviours that set OCD apart from healthy ways of responding to anxiety.

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4. WATCH: Treating OCD

In this extraordinary video, a woman affected by OCD who keeps thinking she has killed people is treated with exposure therapy. There is good evidence to show that exposure therapy is an effective treatment for OCD.