what is OCD?

OCD is a mental health disorder that affects 1-2% of the population. People with OCD experience obsessions (unwanted thoughts, ideas and images), and perform compulsions (an action taken, either physical or mental), in response. OCD has a reputation for being related solely to cleanliness and tidiness, but it can in fact take an infinite number or lesser understood, seldom spoken about, forms.

You can find out more about Lily's experience with OCD, and why she passionately believes we should talk about OCD more openly, at the links below. 

9 lies my OCD has told me (BuzzFeed)

My brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts (The Guardian)

I believed I could kill someone by thinking it (BBC3)

How having OCD feels (The i)

My routines always came first: it could be 4am when I finished (The Irish Times)