What is OCD? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Explained
OCD affects men, women and children, and can develop at any age. Some people develop obsessive-compulsive disorder early in life, often around puberty. OCD typically develops during early adulthood, and affects mental health in four stages:
Unwanted, intrusive and often distressing thoughts, images or urges repeatedly enter the mind.
These obsessions provokes feelings of intense anxiety or distress.
Repetitive behaviours or mental acts are performed as a result of the anxiety associated with obsessions.
Compulsive behaviours temporarily relieve the anxiety, but the obsession and anxiety soon returns, causing the cycle to begin again.
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