HOW DOES OCD FEEL?
Symptoms of OCD tend to surface gradually, but can be long-lasting without treatment. Some people will experience either obsessions or compulsions, while others may have both. These feelings can make school, work, relationships, or just your everyday life, difficult.
You may have heard someone referred to as ‘a bit OCD’ because of the way they like to keep tidy or be punctual. This is a really damaging stereotype for people who are living with OCD. OCD is a real mental health condition that can be distressing.
It’s estimated that 750,000 people are affected by OCD in the UK alone. It’s important to remember that if you’re experiencing obsessive or compulsive thoughts, there is nothing wrong with you, and there is help out there. There are a number of ways to cope with the symptoms of OCD, and talking to someone like CALM or your GP will help you find ways that work for you.