Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a very common mental health condition. Those who suffer from OCD can have compulsive behaviours and obsessive thoughts. 

This condition can affect women, men, and children. Some people begin to experience symptoms early on in their life. Occasionally, symptoms can appear around puberty, however, they tend to start during adulthood. 

OCD can be quite distressing and have a large impact on your life. However, the right treatment can help you to keep the OCD under control. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The Symptoms of OCD

The symptoms of OCD can include: 

  • Obsessions – These are unpleasant or unwanted thoughts, urges or images that you repeatedly think about. They can cause you to feel uneasy, anxious or disgusted. 
  • Compulsions – Compulsions are a type of repetitive behaviour or a mental act that you feel you need to carry out. Carrying out the actions can temporarily relieve any unpleasant feelings such as anxiety that have been brought about by the obsessive thought(s). 

Some people might feel the need to wash their hands again and again.

Others might constantly check that their doors and windows are locked before they go to sleep or leave the house. Women can occasionally suffer from OCD during pregnancy or once their child has been born. They may repeatedly worry that they could harm their child. Other women might feel compelled to repeatedly check that their baby is still breathing. 

 

Getting Help For OCD

Many people tend to feel embarrassed or ashamed that they have OCD. However, doctors are used to treating people with OCD and they understand that it’s a health condition that can cause distress. 

There are two ways that you can get help for OCD in Selby and the surrounding areas. You can:

  • Speak to your GP – They will ask you about your symptoms and how you’re feeling. Your doctor might also talk to you about the potential causes of OCD. The causes could be down to life events, personality, different levels of serotonin in your brain, or the causes could be genetic. Your doctor might also refer you to a local therapeutic service if they think it is required.
  • Refer yourself to a psychological therapy service located in the local area.

You may also wish to speak to a family member or friend if you’re concerned about your OCD or you think they might be suffering from this condition. Without the right treatment, it’s very unlikely that the OCD will get better. This is why it is important to ask for help. Asking for help can mean you’re taking the first step to getting your life back. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk