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You don’t need Bupa health insurance to turn to us for support. We’ve put together lots of information and advice on dealing with OCD.

Living with OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition where you will be experiencing obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. Dealing with OCD can be tough for the person who has it as well as those around them. Normal life can become exhausting.

Part of OCD involves unwanted, often overwhelming thoughts or urges (obsessions) that play over and over again. The other part involves repeated behaviours (compulsions) following those thoughts, like excessive hand-washing or saying certain things in your head.

Tips for dealing with OCD

Living with OCD can be upsetting when it interferes with normal life. However, there are some effective treatments for OCD that can help reduce the impact it has on your life, standard treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy and antidepressants can really help.


Find out about OCD

If you’re living with OCD, it’s helpful to try and understand your condition. It’s also good to seek support as early as you can.

Practise mindfulness

This three-minute podcast teaches you a mindfulness breathing exercise. It’s a technique you can turn to whenever you’re struggling with OCD.

Hear it on your desktop via your usual browser or download a podcast app to listen on your mobile.

How to challenge negative thoughts

Sometimes, we can get trapped into patterns of negative thinking. Challenging those patterns isn’t easy, because they’ve become a habit. But our article suggests two important questions to ask yourself and thinking about them may help you.

Getting OCD help for children

Talk to our Family Mental HealthLine

If you’re insured with Bupa and you’re worried about a young person you’re close to, just pick up the phone and talk to us. Have you noticed a worrying change in their mood or traits? Trust your instincts.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Any onward referrals for consultations, tests or treatment are subject to the benefits and exclusions of your cover. For example, if your cover excludes conditions you had before your cover started, we may ask for further information from your GP. Please check your guide and certificate for further details or contact us to check your eligibility.

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