‘He’s made a difference to hundreds, if not thousands of people’: the man helping others beat OCD

Stephen Hosking was only diagnosed in his 30s – now he is leading groups across the country and letting people know they’re not alone

Stephen Hosking started showing symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder as a toddler. “I’d feel the need to repeat things,” says Hosking, 50, who lives in Southampton and works as a transport planner. “Or to tap the wall. I just didn’t feel complete otherwise.”

When he got older, he would feel compelled to ask embarrassing and inappropriate questions. His hands bled from overwashing. He was convinced he had Aids, and was going to infect others.

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