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Lynsey and Sam running the 2010 British 10K for OCD-UK
OCD-UK is only able to function through the generosity of our members fundraising efforts, so why not get fit, and fundraise for OCD-UK at the same time by participating in a fundraising run in 2013.
Some of our East Midland volunteers
Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham.
Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading
It's with great pleasure we confirm the latest issue of our members magazine, Compulsive Reading, and what's more, in addition to the great content.
Locked is a short OCD film
Locked is a short OCD film, partly based on the OCD experiences of OCD-UK trustee, Claire Gellard and which previously won an award at the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
OCD Awareness Week 2016
OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organizations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. October 2016, get involved!
Break Free From OCD - Book Review
The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading CBT experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer that!
Watch our 'Understanding OCD' Awareness video.
We hope that our video featuring Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies talking about his own OCD will offer hope and inspiration to the estimated 741,504 children and adults living with OCD here in the UK.
Image of upset child
Distressing, upsetting, stressful, debilitating and disabling are all words used to describe how OCD can make someone feel and why the illness is listed amongst the top ten most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
Our online OCD support forums.
Our community support discussion forums are a place where we facilitate a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other.
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Welcome to OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Our vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.

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This Old Ghost

Take a look at this fantastic short animated film 'This Old Ghost'. 'This Old Ghost' was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd and is a collaboration between James, Liz Smith and the website 'The Secret Illness'.

James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood, he provided the voiceover for the animation. The animation itself was created by filmmaker Liz Smith.

The Secret Illness is a project developed to explore the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts. A fantastic concept and one in which OCD-UK fully support. The Secret Illness interviewed James about this piece which you can read on their website at: https://thesecretillness.com/2016/05/16/this-old-ghost/

Click the 'read more' link to watch the animation.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 2:40pm Read more...

Book Review: Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought

Lily pictured with a copy of her book.

'Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought' is a new book about one young lady's experiences of growing up with OCD. The book was published last week, so we sent a review copy to one of our members, James Lloyd, and this is his review.

Book review by James Lloyd
Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
by Lily Bailey. Published by Canbury Press, Hardback, £14.99

The next time someone tells you that they’re “a little bit OCD”, give them a copy of this book. Because We Are Bad is a moving, searingly honest account of what it’s really like to live with OCD. Lily takes us back to her early experiences of the illness, describing how it took root inside her mind and evolved into a monster.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:46pm Read more...

Research Project: Development of questionnaires to assess health beliefs in OCD

Do you have a diagnosis of OCD?

Friend of OCD-UK, Rebecca Pedley is looking for your help. She is looking for people with OCD (age 16+) to take part in a research study about how people understand OCD, she explains why below:

We have recently developed a questionnaire to assess health beliefs about OCD. This questionnaire is based on an existing questionnaire that has been used a lot in research exploring people’s understanding of physical health problems. We have changed the original questionnaire based on the findings of a previous study that we carried out so that it can be used with adults who have a diagnosis of OCD.

To test the new questionnaire, we would like to invite you to complete the questionnaire, as well as some other questionnaires about your health/wellbeing and the ways that you prefer to cope. We will use statistical tests to look for patterns in the way that people answer the different questionnaires. The findings will help us to improve the questionnaire, e.g. it may lead to less useful questions being removed. The findings will also tell us if health beliefs about OCD seem to affect the ways we cope with and manage OCD. This is important because it might lead to new ways of working (e.g. within psychological therapy) that will help people with OCD to cope better.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:24pm Read more...

Reclaiming travel costs for NHS treatment

Did you know that if you are referred for NHS specialist treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor or other health professional that you may be eligible to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)?

Reasonable travel costs will usually be considered public transport (cheapest tickets, so not first class) or if driving, the mileage rate used by your local CCG. You may also be able to reclaim unavoidable parking, toll or congestion charges. Taxi costs are not usually eligible for reimbursement, so would need to be agreed in advance.

The ability to reclaim travel costs is perhaps most helpful for those that have to travel out of their local area to attend specialist OCD treatment at one of the national OCD clinics in London or Bristol, but you may also be eligible to reclaim travel costs for OCD treatment at other locations. It's important that the cost of travel does not become a barrier to quality treatment, so please do reclaim your travel expenses if you are eligible.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:47am Read more...

Nottinghamshire Recovery College Course - Living well with obsessions and compulsions

We are delighted to have partnered with Nottinghamshire Recovery College to run a brand new course ‘Living well with obsessions and compulsions’ which is aimed at helping people with OCD or and helping people understand the differences between OCD and everyday obsessions. The new six-week course will begin at the Nottinghamshire Recovery College in June and will be co-facilitated by OCD-UK trustee Nick Marlow.   

Article posted on: Mon, 16/05/2016 - 1:42pm Read more...

New awareness project - 2017 Diary of OCD poetry

Which diary cover stands out?

In October this year to coincide with OCD Awareness Week we will be launching a brand new OCD awareness initiative in the form of a ‘2017 Diary’. This won’t be any ordinary diary, this will be an ‘OCD Poetry’ diary aimed at exploring what it ‘feels like to suffer with OCD’ in a creative and beautiful way, all of which will help the diary user/reader understand OCD better.

For that reason we are not just asking our supporters to buy the diary to use themselves, we want you to buy the diary and then gift it (perhaps for Christmas) to a family member, a friend or a colleague, thus allowing us to create awareness outside of our existing circle of influence.

OCD-UK have always tried to be different and think of innovative ways to reach people and this is yet another example, but it will only work with your help and support. The charity are investing significant financial resources to make this happen, and whilst we don’t know if it will be a successful awareness project we really hope that our followers will appreciate and applaud our efforts to make a positive difference in how OCD is viewed.

In total there will be 54 poems published, one for each week of the year (plus two for a week either side). We have a shortlist of 75 suitable poems already submitted over the last few months, we want to extend the invitation until the end of May to allow anyone whose yet to submit a poem sufficient time to get writing, to get creative and express yourself about how ‘OCD makes you feel’, and submit your poem for adding to the shortlist.

Article posted on: Sat, 14/05/2016 - 4:48pm Read more...

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