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 Depression and Anxiety Service.
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.