Anxiety is a very common issue, affecting many students, and for some students this can include symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). If you are experiencing OCD symptoms or think you may have the condition, it's advisable to consult a GP in the first instance, to get a diagnosis and information about appropriate treatment.

Also, let your personal tutor or course leader know if you're having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.

You can learn skills to help you manage some of the factors contributing to OCD, and there is a lot of other support available.

Library books

The University library has copies of the following book which could be useful:

  • Veale, D - Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - 616.85227/VEA

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of OCD, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resources

NHS self-help guides

A range of self-help books (available also as MP3 downloads) including one on OCD, and covering other potentially relevant topics such as Anger, Depression, Eating Disorders, Panic, Social Anxiety and Stress.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Royal College of Psychiatrists leaflet detailing what it is like to have OCD, similar and related conditions, possible causes and maintenance, self-help strategies, effective types of psychological and medical help, and further sources of information and support.

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OCD Action

This national charity provides support and info to people with OCD. Includes an online forum, personal stories, email support, helpline and information, including details of local support groups.

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National Charity with a website providing information, practical and emotional support for anyone affected by OCD.

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No Panic

This charity provides support (including phone-based services) for a range of anxiety-related fears e.g. panic attacks, OCD, generalised anxiety.

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Triumph Over Phobia (TOP)

TOP UK is a charity which helps people with phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and other related anxiety, to overcome their fears through a network of self-help therapy groups. Structured groups meet weekly and are run by trained volunteers. The charge of £2.50 per week to attend a group is waived for those on low incomes. The nearest group is in Southampton.

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Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.

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