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What Does it Feel Like to Have OCD?


OCD is an anxiety disorder that involves persistent, uncontrollable, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and actions that we are compelled to do, seemingly against our own will (compulsions). In most cases we are driven to do the compulsive behaviours in order to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts.

In the early 16th century, obsession referred to a 'siege' or 'laying siege to' and that's just what our intrusive thoughts do to us. They besiege us. Constantly intruding into our mind against our will, we cannot prevent them, change them or make them go away.

It can be extremely distressing.

Common obsessions include: blasphemous thoughts, harming a loved child, obscene thoughts and fears over contamination and dirt, aggression and violence, religion and sex.

The thoughts themselves can make us feel bad but we also feel really bad because we cannot control them.


Often obsessive thoughts lead to compulsive behaviours. For example, obsessive thoughts about contamination lead to compulsive cleaning. Again (as with our obsessions) whilst performing our compulsions we feel a total lack of control. We know that what we are doing is wrong and that we are blowing fears out of all proportion but we cannot stop.

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We cannot stop even though our actions may be hurting us. We are compelled to continue with the behaviour because if we stop doing it, the thing that we dread happening may just happen.


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