Having a routine, or very orderly way of doing things can simply be part of who you are, or a practical way to manage the demands of life, work and family. But you may feel you need help, if your anxiety or compulsions are preventing you from living the life you want to lead, or they’re affecting your work or relationships.
If you are struggling with obsessive thoughts, anxieties or rituals, seek advice from your GP. They may suggest treatments including antidepressants, guided self-help or a talking treatment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), can people with OCD change the way they react to thoughts that worry them.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a gradual step-by-step approach to acknowledging, facing and practically addressing anxieties without resorting to stress rituals.
Peer support from other people who’ve experienced OCD may help you feel less isolated and anxious about what you are going through.
If you’re struggling with OCD or feel alone, you can turn to us. You don’t need a diagnosis, referral or appointment to access mental wellbeing support and friendship at Make a Difference.