It’s common to develop hang-ups about certain things like dirt, germs or making sure your house is locked properly.
However, for some people, everyday concerns can turn into obsessions and lead to compulsive behaviour like hand-washing, repeatedly checking their locks or hoarding items.
The compulsions can become very serious and have a hugely negative impact on the sufferer’s daily life. If you’re experiencing symptoms like these, it’s possible you may have developed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
If you’re worried your compulsions are getting out of hand, don’t delay - speak to a doctor today.
Our GPs will be able to discuss your symptoms, diagnose their severity and work with you to commence a course of treatment to get these issues sorted out.
While the exact causes of obsessive compulsive disorder aren’t known - it’s thought that a number of factors contribute to its development.
For instance, some studies have shown that the condition tends to be passed down among families - suggesting genetics may play a role.
Similarly, brain chemistry in those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder has been shown to differ from those who don’t have it - in particular an imbalance in serotonin levels.
It’s a fairly common condition, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and is prevalent among both men and women.
As with many psychological conditions, people are quick to dismiss OCD sufferers, however, the condition can be very serious - in some cases, making it impossible to function properly.
OCD is typically treated with a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and medication - usually selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
If you think you may be suffering from the condition - don’t despair. OCD is manageable and with the right kind of help, you can live a perfectly normal life.
Talk to one of our doctors now to discuss your symptoms and a course of treatment to help you start feeling better.