Fast Facts About OCD!

Little nuggets of information about OCD for reading and sharing

So here are a few facts you might not have known about OCD. Or – if you knew them all already – a few facts to share with your friends…

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition characterised by obsessions and/or compulsions.
  • An obsession is an intrusive, unwanted thought that causes anxiety.
  • Obsessions can trigger repetitive behaviours to reduce the distress they cause. These are known as compulsions.
  • OCD can be very severe and debilitating; it is much more than hand-washing.
  • It is estimated that 1-2 % of the UK population have OCD.
  • Around 130,000 young people at school in the UK have OCD.
  • OCD is a spectrum; exhibiting OCD behaviours is not the same as having OCD.
  • OCD is known as the ‘secret disorder’ as it is easily hidden and may take a long time to be noticed.
  • OCD does not discriminate – it affects people of all abilities.
  • There is an average delay of 12 years between the onset of OCD and a diagnosis being made.
  • The recommended treatment for OCD is CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). This is often combined with exposure and response prevention (ERP).
  • Another treatment for OCD is a medication called SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
  • With the right support, OCD can be managed! Hurrah!

Find out more about OCD in our info’ pages for young people, parents and teachers.

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