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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition where people develop anxiety-producing thoughts (obsessions), which they may attempt to relieve by performing an action (compulsions).

The obsessions and/or compulsions are often time consuming, distressing to the individual and interfere with their home, work or social life.

OCD affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment

Simple approaches including education and self-help can improve symptoms and reduce the impact on quality of life.

Most patients will also benefit from an element of psychological therapy. One of the helpful therapies is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (ERP).

Medical management primarily involves the use of anti-depressants (e.g. fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine).

Medicinal cannabis can be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit in symptoms or quality of life.