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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Often athletes will have 'match-day rituals' which can help them feel like they have a better chance of a good outcome. But when the need to do these actions becomes unavoidable, and obsessive, it could be the sign of a mental health issue.

Some people will develop symptoms of OCD during puberty, so it is important to be aware of this if you are, or support young athletes.

The main symptom of OCD is having obsessive thoughts, and compulsions.

  • Obsessive thoughts are unwanted, unpleasant thoughts or urges that continuously enters your mind causing negative emotions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts that you feel you have to do, and cannot avoid, in order to relieve the negative feelings from the obsessive thought

Do you think you have, or know someone who has OCD? Click the buttons below for further information around support.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.