In my first ever blog post I opened up about my emetophobia and how my safety and avoidance behaviour manifested into contamination OCD. This is only mild, but unfortunately for other people, OCD can take over lives and isn’t always just around being clean and tidy.
Did you know?
- OCD is considered to be the fourth most common mental illness in many western countries that will affect men, women and children.
- In the UK, estimates suggest that 1.2% of the population will have OCD, which equates to 12 out of every 1000 people, and based on the current estimates for the UK population, these statistics mean that potentially around 741, 504 people are living with OCD at any one time.
- 50% of these cases will fall into the severe category, with less than only a quarter being classed as mild cases.