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How to assess Obsessions and compulsions

How do you know if you have OCD?

Do you have trouble trying to control what you think, or feel unable to stop yourself from doing things over and over?

If your thoughts or the things that you do often feel overwhelming or uncontrollable, then you may have a problem with obsessions and compulsions. This can sometimes be called obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD for short.

If you’re having this sort of problem, you might recognise some of the common experiences described below:

How your body might feel

Thoughts you might have

Feelings you might have

Things you might do

If these sound familiar to you, you can find out more about obsessions and compulsions in the ‘Learn’ section of this website. You’ll also find some helpful tips and strategies for managing obsessions and compulsions in the ‘Manage’ section.

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