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Ken’s Story Contamination

At the age of 25, Ken was going through a difficult period in his life and was clinically depressed. He was having problems with relationships and with his career. The “trigger” for his O.C.D. occurred on a trip to Canada. Ken explains: “There was a drought and we could not wash very often. I felt […]

Rodger’s Story Hoarding

Roger’s story began some 12 years ago when he was in his late teens. He began to take a keen interest in the news and would read the newspaper from cover to cover, with the intention of being “well informed”, which was important to his job. If he couldn’t finish the newspaper each morning, before […]

Brenda’s Story Orderliness and Tidy

Brenda’s story began some 20-30 years ago. She noticed that she felt “concerned” if things, like ornaments, weren’t in exactly the right place, or if the curtains weren’t quite straight. Brenda tells it like this: “Nearly all of us like things neat and tidy and many people I know like things in a particular place […]

Jane’s Story Checking

Jane had always been described as a carefree and happy-go-lucky sort of a person but, in her late twenties, things began to change. One day, when she went out she couldn’t remember if she had switched the cooker off so, she went back to check. This kept on happening and the more she checked the […]

John’s Story OCD

John’s O.C.D. started in his late teens and he has no idea why. He became obsessed with the thought that something awful would happen if he went into his home without retracing, exactly, the steps he had taken when going out. This called for immense concentration and was very time consuming as it was very […]

Tom’s Story Preventing Harm

Tom was in his mid twenties when his O.C.D started. He is not too sure what triggered it off but, it may have been linked to his superstitious nature. Whenever he went out he felt he had to touch certain lamp-posts in order to ensure that nothing awful happened to his mum and dad. Somehow, […]