What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition in which someone experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These thoughts and behaviours can be manageable at times, but can also be time-consuming, distressing and make it challenging to go about daily life.

The condition can affect men, women and children. Symptoms often develop around puberty but tend to start during early adulthood. Onset during adulthood (aged 35+) is considered unusual.

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