Niall Horan health: One Direction star reveals disruptive health condition – symptoms

Niall Horan, 26, has become a household name on the global music scene, following on from the meteoric rise of One Direction, the boyband he was a member of until their hiatus in 2016. The singer’s solo career shows no sign of slowing down, with the star performing his latest single ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ at the recent MTV EMA awards. Placed firmly under the spotlight, fans may think they know everything about his personal and professional life, but the singer recently opened up about a health condition he lives with.

Speaking to the German magazine Zeit Leo, Niall said: “I have mild obsessive compulsive disorder, that’s what doctors call it. That is, I feel like I have to do things in a certain way.

As the NHS explains, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

It affects men, women and children and can develop at any age, and, although some people develop the condition early, often around puberty, it typically develops during early adulthood.

Niall developed the condition in his childhood, which caused him to feel isolated fro his schoolmates, he revealed.

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It’s important to get help if you think you have OCD and it’s having a significant impact on your life, particularly as the condition is unlikely to get better on its own, explains the NHS.

Fortunately, the condition is treatable, and the nature of the treatment recommended will depend on how much it’s affecting your life, says the health body.

The two main treatments are:

Psychological therapy – usually a type of therapy that helps you face your fears and obsessive thoughts without “putting them right” with compulsions

Medicine – usually a type of antidepressant medicine that can help by altering the balance of chemicals in your brain

A short course of therapy is usually recommended for relatively mild OCD, but more severe cases of OCD may require a longer course of therapy and/or medication.

These treatments can be very effective, but it’s important to be aware that it can take several months before you notice the benefit, says the NHS.

The main therapy technique tends to be cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as Bupa explained: “CBT is a type of talking therapy that can help you to change how you react to your thoughts. How many sessions of CBT you have will depend on the severity of your OCD. You may have one-to-one sessions or group therapy.”

According to the health site, one of the main forms of CBT is called exposure and response prevention (ERP) – this is used as a way to stop your obsessions and compulsions from strengthening each other.

It added: “ERP works on the theory that if you’re in a stressful situation for long enough, you’ll gradually get used to it and your anxiety will go away.”

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