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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Pathway

The C&V OCD Pathway provides therapeutic interventions to adults aged 18+ who are experiencing OCD.

What is OCD?

OCD is an anxiety disorder characterised by obsessive thoughts and physical and/or mental compulsions.

Obsessions are persistent, intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images and/or urges which cause the person significant distress. These often involve a fear of harm coming to someone.

Compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts which a person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession (e.g. checking/cleaning/washing/repeating/counting).

People with OCD often believe something awful will happen if they do not act on their compulsions.

They may also believe it is their responsibility to prevent the awful thing from happening.

How do I access support?

If you think you are experiencing OCD and you’d like to access some support from mental health services, you can book an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns.

Your GP is likely to ask you some questions about your thoughts and behaviours to try and build a picture of your difficulties and the impact they’re having on your life. 

Your GP may then refer you to the most appropriate service. These services will assess you, and decide upon the best course of action to help you.

Find out more about the interventions for OCD offered within Cardiff and the Vale.

Read the latest OCD newsletter here.


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