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OCD Action (National)

Support and action for people affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Local support groups (nearest one is Birmingham), as well as online, Skype based groups.

Includes OCD Youth for under 25s

Helpline and advocacy services.

Information for carers

0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664

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This is the term used to describe experiences such as chronic fear, tension and panic attacks. Some people have an overwhelming feeling of dread that prevents them getting on with everyday life. Sleepless nights and recurring thoughts are common, as well as nausea, palpitations, dizziness and difficulty in breathing. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem people experience.
Services which offer a helpline for providing support in a crisis and/or information and advice.
OCD is a problem characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. The behaviour can take various forms such as cleaning or checking rituals in which the person will repeatedly clean themselves or their house or check, for example, that doors are locked and/or electrical sockets are turned off. Dermatological problems are common in people who repeatedly wash their hands. People with OCD can be treated using cognitive behavioural treatment and/or antidepressants.
Groups or organisations set up to support the specific needs of mental health service users, and their carers.