OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) is a fairly common condition. People who suffer from this condition often have obsessive thoughts and quite compulsive behaviours.

Affecting children, men, and women, symptoms can appear during puberty. However, most people start exhibiting symptoms in early adulthood. This condition can have a big effect on a person’s life, and it can often be quite distressing. The good news is that the right type of treatment can help sufferers to keep their 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.

Symptoms of OCD

The symptoms of OCD often include:

  • Obsessions – Obsessions are unwanted or unpleasant urges, images, or thoughts that you think about repeatedly. They can make you feel anxious, disgusted, or uneasy. 
  • Compulsions – Compulsions involve repetitive behaviour or a need to carry out an act. Carrying out the act might relieve unpleasant feelings, but the relief might only be temporary.   

Some people with OCD want to repeatedly wash their hands.

Other people might feel a compulsion to check their doors and windows before they leave the house. Some women might experience symptoms of OCD during pregnancy.  Alternatively, they might not show any symptoms until their child is born. 

Getting Help

Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed of their OCD. However, every doctor knows how to treat people with this distressing mental health condition. 

There are a few ways to get help for OCD in Selby: 

  • Speak to your GP – Your GP will ask you about your symptoms and how you are feeling. They may also ask you what you think caused your OCD. The causes could be genetic, reflective of your personality, or something else. Your GP could ask you to see a therapist or counsellor if they think it could help.
  • Refer yourself – You can self-refer to a psychological therapy service.

Without treatment, your OCD might not get better. This is why it’s so important that you ask for help. Getting the support you need could help you get 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