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Obsessive compulsions

Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, or urges which can cause you to feel distressed. Compulsions are actions and behaviours which are done in the hope that it will silence these obsessions and make you feel better.

Here you can find factsheets, tips and information, organisations, podcasts and apps which can help you better understand obsessive compulsions and find ways to manage day-to-day life that works for you.

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These factsheets will help you understand what it means to have an obsessive compulsion, its causes and what kind of support is available.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) factsheet from Re-think Mental health         

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder factsheet from NHS Inform

What is OCD?’ factsheet from the International OCD Foundation

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) factsheet from Mind

Tips and information

Here you will find tips and information to help manage obsessive compulsions:

A range of self-help resources from OCD UK

A guide to intrusive thoughts from Positive Psychology

A guide to managing OCD  from Help Guide    

Information and activities on OCD from Get Self-help

101 tips for people with OCD from OCD Actions Forums

25 tips for succeeding in your OCD treatment from the International OCD Foundation

Tips for living with OCD from Web MD

Organisations and services

Here is a list of UK wide organisations related to obsessive compulsions:


OCD Action

International OCD Foundation

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.

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