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I’m worried about my compulsive thoughts

Compulsive thoughts can be distressing, but they’re actually quite common and there are things you can do to make it better.


Compulsive thoughts are a sign that you may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a common mental health problem that affects many people.

Your thoughts may cause confusion, distress and worry.   

Living with OCD can be difficult, and talking about it can be too. But it’s important to realise that you shouldn’t be embarrassed about the thoughts you are having. 

What to do

If you want, you can discuss your negative thoughts with your GP. Some patients are embarrassed, but you don’t need to be – your GP is there to help.

Alternatively, you may be able to refer yourself to our TALKWORKS.

Talking about your thoughts can help, and you may be offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you reorder your ways of thinking. Learn more In some cases, you may be prescribed medication that can help you.

If you are in crisis call 0808 196 8708 or visit our 'I need help now' page or contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org.