Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition that is usually associated with both obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

The person who will work with you to develop your skills and confidence in everyday life - including work, social and leisure activities and personal care.

Outpatient

Someone who comes to hospital for an appointment to see a doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist.

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