Support and Info

All About OCD

Welcome to the official guide to OCD for young people.

Simply click on the headings below to open out and view the guide in detail.

1. What is this guide about?

2. So what is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

3. How do I know if I have OCD?

4. How many people have OCD?

5. Do I have to tell anyone if I have been diagnosed with OCD?

6. Does my school or university need to know I have OCD?

7. What can my school or uni do?

8. Where else can I find information about OCD?

Downloadable Resources

Would you like the official guide? Below are downloadable files or resources for viewing and printing offline.

Monitoring form for students

Learning to gradually face your fears is one of the most effective ways to break the OCD cycle.

OCD Youth e-Helpline

Chat now – until further notice we will be operating an email only service. You can email at: and we’ll get back to you:

Find out more about the OCD Youth e-Helpline

Online Youth Support Group

If you are 16-20 years old and have or think you may have OCD, why not join this new online support group, which has been set up in partnership with OCD Action’s Event Better Together Project. The group meets once a month on Skype, with young people turning their cameras off for privacy or dialing in on a normal telephone. The group is facilitated by trained volunteers, Emily, Gary and Jennifer. A member of the Youth Advisory Panel will attend each month to sign-post young people to our other services if necessary, and we all chat between meetings on a moderated Facebook group set up specifically for regular attendees of the online group.


Further information and resources

External resources

  • On My MindA website developed by the Anna Freud Centre that provides young people the opportunity to make informed decisions about their own mental health and wellbeing.
  • LawStuffLawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people – info strictly applicable to England.


Join the OCD Youth Network

If you’d like to join us for our online hangouts, (private) social media group for peer-support, national events and exciting outings for young people with OCD, then join us!

For more information or to sign-up, download of info pack! Join the OCD Youth network

Group Discussions

Want to ask a question? Its very easy, simply log in and take part in any discussions relating to OCD at School.

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