Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex anxiety disorder recognised by both DSM-IV and ICD-10, the criteria for which are quite complex. OCD can include a variety of distressing rituals, fears, repetitive and intrusive thoughts and compulsive actions.

Obsessional behaviour around food and/or dieting may present 'eating disorder' like symptoms and it is also thought by some that OCD and eating disorders 'may' be related in some way. It is not uncommon for someone to suffer with both.



“I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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