Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) “involves constant unwanted thoughts, and often results in the performance of elaborate rituals to try to control or banish the persistent thoughts. People with obsessive compulsive disorder are often acutely embarrassed and keep their rituals a secret, even from their families.” (Australian Department of Health)Obsessive compulsive disorders are part of the anxiety disorders group:
The reason OCD is considered an anxiety disorder is because it is driven by fear. The obsessions are obsessed about because of fear. Compulsions continue because people fear what will happen if they do not continue this behaviour. This should be recognised… because it is essential for empathy for people with this diagnosis.
- A person with lived experience of a mental health condition
BeyondblueThe Beyond Blue website provides information and support for anxiety to help people “achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live”.What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?This web page has information about what OCD is, signs, symptoms, causes and treatments.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Beyond BlueWhat is an anxiety disorder? (Translated Fact Sheets)The fact sheet describes anxiety disorders, outlining the main types (including OCD), possible causes, treatment options and suggestions on where to go for help. The factsheet is available in a number of translated languages.Type: Fact SheetLength: 6 pagesProduced by: Mental Health in Multicultural AustraliaTranslations: YesGet to know anxiety: Obsessive CompulsiveA video on the experience of living with obsessive compulsive disorder.Type: Video | Closed captionsViewing time: 3.35Produced by: Beyond BlueOCD Mythbusters: Neatfreaks and GermophobesThis is a video of people sharing their experiences and talking about the myths around OCD.Type: Video | Closed captionsViewing time: 1.02 minutesProduced by: SANE Australia
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