OCD is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are persistent, unwanted, intrusive thoughts or images which cause distress and affect a person’s ability to function.
Compulsions are repetitive actions which the individual completes in order to try to gain relief from the anxiety caused by the obsession.
The relief provided by compulsions is temporary, and the individual may have to repeat these compulsions numerous times. Living with OCD can cause significant distress and impairment.