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OCD – no laughing matter

If you’ve ever thought that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was all about being tidy, then you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Many people, having watched films like ‘As good as it gets’ starring Jack Nicholson, believe that an aversion to dirt, or liking things in the ‘right order’, makes them ‘a little OCD’. 

In reality, however, OCD is a hugely debilitating illness, with sufferers often plagued by incessant, intrusive violent, sexual or blasphemous thoughts, which are accompanied by catastrophic anxiety.

The illness is reported to affect 1 in 50 people, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, amounting to over one million people in the UK.  And, this figure may not take into account the amount of undiagnosed sufferers, with many people with OCD afraid to seek treatment because of the nature of their intrusive thoughts.

This recent short film from the BBC, tells the story of Connor, a 27-year-old man whose life has been blighted by the condition, but who is now seeking a revolutionary type of treatment.

For more information about OCD – visit OCD UK

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