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Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder. It involves distressing, repeating thoughts. OCD is very difficult to make sense of or to explain to others. Some people describe these thoughts as being like a stuck record. Trying to stop them can make them worse. Compulsions are actions which people feel they must repeat to feel less anxious or stop their obsessive thoughts. Compulsions commonly involve checking, cleaning, counting or dressing rituals.


There are different theories about why OCD develops. It can be based on previous experiences, especially during your childhood. Your personality type may be important. Perfectionists seem to be more prone to OCD.

Signs & Symptoms

Common obsessions include:

  • fear of contamination
  • fear of causing harm to someone else
  • fear of behaving unacceptably
  • need for symmetry or exactness.

Carrying out a ritual usually gives people temporary relief from their anxiety. At other times they can be full of doubt if they carried out the ritual properly and will repeat the ritual to get it right. This process can go on for hours.


There is no proven way to prevent OCD.


Treatment includes medication and psychotherapy. It may take long, but treatment is effective.

MomConnect and NurseConnect Statistics

MomConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Cumulative total of public subscriptions using the code: *134*550# 364 860
2 Cumulative total of CHW identified subscriptions using the code *134*550*3# 36 121
3 Cumulative total of clinic registrations using the code: *134*550*2# 1 530 990
4 Cumulative total of facilities with at least one registration 4 648
5 Total number of unique cellphone numbers 1 770 988
6 Total number of opt outs received 144 660

NurseConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Total Registrations 19 254
1.1 National 9
1.2 Province 1,090
1.3 Facility 18 155
2 Facilities with at least one registration 2 935
3 Total Number of Opt-outs 411