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Could you have OCD?
3:30pm Thursday 23rd February 2012 in Health & Beauty
This week is OCD week during which the charity OCD Action hopes to raise awareness that OCD is a serious mental condition, which can ruin people’s lives.
According to The Royal College of Psychiatrists, those with OCD may have suffer from some or all of the following problems:
:: Recurring unpleasant thoughts.
:: Repeated horrible mental pictures – perhaps seeing yourself doing something uncharacteristically violent.
:: Constant doubts, such as wondering whether you've caused an accident or left the door unlocked.
:: An inability to make simple decisions.
:: A need for perfectionism and everything to be in the right order.
:: Regular feelings of anxiety, fear, guilt or depression, which can be relieved by carrying out certain behaviours.
:: Routinely thinking alternative neutralising thoughts, such as counting, praying or repeating a special word, to correct obsessional thoughts.
:: Performing rituals, such as washing your hands or arranging objects in a particular way, frequently.
:: Hoarding useless and worn-out possessions.
:: Making repeated requests for reassurance from others.
For more information on OCD, visit OCD Action at www.ocdaction.org.uk or call 0845 390 6232.