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'I thought I was going crazy': OCD, an often misunderstood mental health condition

SINGAPORE: Ms Alina has a mobile phone, but she does not turn it on. She fears that her private information is being shared. Her first job lasted only months. She did not trust the photocopier she had to use frequently in her administrative role. Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, Ms Alina said: “I found it ridiculous.” But she could not stop herself. Ms Alina who is in her 30s is not strange. People with OCD experience obsessions in the form of intrusive persistent thoughts, images or urges, combined with feelings of doubt or danger, senior clinical psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health Department(IMH) of Mood and Anxiety Dr Jackki Yim told Channel NewsAsia. The recently released Second Mental Health Study found that 1 in 28 Singaporeans suffers from the condition, making it the third most common mental illness after major depressive disorder and alcohol abuse. She started to feel the need to check the copies that came out of the photocopier against the originals.

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