The agony of OCD

Alarmingly, left to its own devices, OCD can escalate to the point where sufferers think that the most minor thought, action or act of negligence may cause mayhem to themselves or others. This, in turn, induces ritualistic behaviour. “One person I treated was getting up at two in the morning to do all the cleaning rituals before packing up his car with his TV, iron, microwave – anything that plugged in – so he knew it wasn’t left on at home, then driving to work several times in order to finally get there around 9am,” says Simon.