Understanding mental health

What we mean when we talk about mental illness

White Swan Foundation

What OCD is OCD is a disorder in which the person has recurrent obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsions - excessive washing of hands, checking doors repeatedly, etc - which they cannot control, even though they know that these thoughts are irrational. In some cases, these thoughts can be so obsessive that they interfere with the person’s ability to lead a normal life.

What OCD is OCD is a disorder in which the person has recurrent obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsions - excessive washing of hands, checking doors repeatedly, etc - which they cannot control, even though they know that these thoughts are irrational. In some cases, these thoughts can be so obsessive that they interfere with the person’s ability to lead a normal life.

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