What is Obsessive compulsive disorder?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that can lead to a repetition of behaviours (compulsions)
These obsessions and compulsions interfere with everyday life and activities and can cause significant distress.
Some people try to ignore the obsessions; however, this can increase distress and anxiety, this can cause the person to perform certain rituals to try to minimise the stress and anxiety they experience.
Despite trying to ignore these thoughts and urges, they reoccur, and the ritual is started again. Known as the cycle of OCD.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is often centred around themes e.g., the feeling of being contaminated with germs, so to ease these fears of being contaminated they may compulsively wash their hands time and time again resulting in their hands to become sore and chapped.