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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How does it feel to have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder?

What treatments are available for obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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  • Produced by Clare Foster, freelance health editor, and Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Content, Bupa UK, September 2017
    Next review due September 2020

    Bupa UK expert reviewers:

    • Naomi Humber, Psychology Services Manager, EAP
    • Stuart Haydock, Resilience Lead, Health Clinics
    • Sarah Deedat, Head of Behaviour Change
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