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NIHR Highlight Obsessive compulsive disorder

Published on 26 July 2017

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where everyday life is disrupted by intrusive thoughts and often repetitive rituals to cope with them, such as excessive hand washing or checking whether doors are locked. This makes it difficult to lead a normal life and is costly to the sufferer and wider society, in terms of lost employment and life opportunities, impact on family, and support and welfare costs. Medication and psychological treatments can work for relieving symptoms. However, high demand and limited resources mean there can be a wait to receive specialist help. New NIHR research shows promise for using self-help materials combined with modest levels of support from mental health practitioners, while patients wait for more intensive treatment.

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