Mental Health in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ)

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Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Overview of OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder.

Components of OCD

OCD consists of:

  • Obsessions: Unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries, or doubts that repeatedly appear in the mind.
  • Compulsions: Repeated activities performed to alleviate anxiety caused by obsessions.

Potential Causes of OCD

The exact cause of OCD is not fully understood, but contributing factors may include:

  • Brain activity abnormalities.
  • Low serotonin levels.
  • Hereditary factors.
  • Life experiences such as bullying, abuse, or neglect.
  • Personalities that are meticulous and methodical.

Recognising OCD in the Workplace

Signs that a colleague may have OCD include:

  • Repetitive behaviours like checking locks or appliances.
  • Excessive hand washing.
  • Following strict routines.

Living with OCD

OCD can be distressing:

  • Medical help is essential.
  • Support groups like No Panic offer valuable information and advice.
  • Other useful resources include OCD Action and OCD-UK.

Download our comprehensive list of mental health organisations from the resources section.