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Paul Hollywood health: Great British Bake Off judge’s battle with a mental...

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Paul Hollywood, 53, has criticized Great British Bake Off competitors since its inception in 2010. Described as the "antidote" to judges like Len Goodman or Simon Cowell on other television shows, in his direct manner, to the judge. offers no hindered feedback. Not easily impressed and striving for perfection, he revealed a mental disorder he suffers that makes his supercritical approach understandable.

Paul describes his compulsive passion and said: “I wonder if I love you too much.

"You look for little carvings and if I see one of my heart loses a beat.

"Nick is standing there, winding me up – he's ruining the car. It's OCD. I'm obsessed with my Aston." The star then admits that if he was "brutally honest" he would clean the car "every two hours".


What is OCD?

The American Psychiatric Association said on its website: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have recurring and unwanted thoughts, ideas or feelings that make them feel repeatedly doing something.

"Repetitive behaviors, such as washing hands, checking things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person's daily activities and social interactions.

"For people with OCD, thoughts are persistent and unwanted routines and behaviors are rigid and not doing them causes great suffering."

What are the symptoms of OCD?

The NHS said, "If you have OCD, you usually experience frequent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

"An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or desire that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or discomfort.

"A compulsion is a repetitive behavior or mental act that you feel you need to perform to temporarily try to alleviate the unpleasant feelings provoked by obsessive thinking."

OCD is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

It affects men, women and children and can develop at any stage.

If you, or someone you know, may have OCD, it is important to talk to your GP who will ask about symptoms and may consult a local psychological therapy service in the area.

"OCD is unlikely to improve without proper treatment and support," the NHS added.

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