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 had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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