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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.
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.
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.
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!
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, OCD-UK members will also have the opportunity to win great prizes.
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.
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.
Our annual conference takes place in Nottingham on Fri 31st Oct and Sat 1st Nov
Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2014 we will be hosting our annual conference in the Nottingham on Friday 31st October (health prof) and Saturday 1st November.
Prenatal and Postnatal OCD
OCD during pregnancy and after having a baby has, until recently, received relatively little research attention, despite being a significant problem that is now thought to affect 2–4% of all new mothers.
We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based project
We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based 'Are You A Little Bit OCD?' project.
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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.

Read more about OCD-UK

Research: Seeking help and receiving appropriate treatment for OCD

Research by Karen Robinson, University of Bath.

UPDATE April 2014: Karen Robinson, a researcher with personal experience of OCD & CBT, writes;

Thank you ever so much to all those who have participated in the questionnaire study, 'Seeking help and receiving appropriate treatment for OCD'. So far 92 people have kindly taken part. We are ever so grateful. The study will be coming to an end on 31 May 2014. If you think you might be interested in taking part before then, you would be most welcome. You can find further details on the website by clicking the 'Read More' link below, and you can contact me on:

The research project is called ‘Seeking help and receiving appropriate treatment for OCD’. It aims to identify the factors which encourage people with OCD to seek treatment, and the barriers to seeking help. It also examines whether people are offered appropriate treatment when they do seek help. Karen Robinson would like to invite you to take part.

Article posted on: Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:13am

Inspired by the London Marathon?

OCD-UK at the London Marathon

Are you inspired by Charmaine and the other fantastic runners in today's London Marathon? Inspired enough to participate in a fundraising challenge for OCD-UK?

We hope so, fundraising is one of the core income streams that help ensure our charity remains financially self-sufficient.

Perhaps you would like to run for OCD-UK, or cycle from London to Brighton, or participate in an overseas trek, or feel the adrenaline rush of a tandem skydive or take on your own challenge. From cake baking sells to marathon running, there is something for everyone to fundraise for OCD-UK. Fundriasing is a great way to support the charity, but also of equal importance to help raise awareness about OCD.

Overseas challenges
Other ideas

Why not start by taking part in Europe's largest 10k event, the Great Manchester Run on Saunday 18th May?

We have got lots of organised fundraising events available and we really appreciate the commitment of our fantastic fundraiser's and in return we promise to support you every step of the way.

Article posted on: Sun, 13/04/2014 - 4:40pm

My OCD Experience by Charmaine

Run for OCD-UK

Blog written for the OCD-UK members magazine, Compulsive Reading by Charmaine in September 2013.

This weekend Charmaine is lining up on the start line in Greenwich and running the Virgin London Marathon in an OCD-UK running vest. This is her story and her journey with OCD and the reason why she is putting herself through those 26.2 miles on Sunday.

My OCD Experience

I can’t remember the precise moment when my Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder began. There wasn’t a defining trigger or particular upsetting incident that prompted my worries; you could say that the onset was more like a ticking clock that subtly became more deafening.

Article posted on: Fri, 11/04/2014 - 1:07pm

Ian Puleston-Davies talks to the Mirror about his OCD and Corrie

Tough role: Ian worries about TV scenes

Ian Puleston-Davies is best known as tough Coronation Street builder Owen Armstrong but in real life the 55-year-old actor has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder since childhood.

Here Ian, who lives in Cheshire with his partner Sue, their seven-year-old daughter Maggie and two-year-old son Charlie, tells Sue Crawford how the condition has blighted his life but how he’s finally beating it...

Article posted on: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:11pm

Catherine shares her OCD experience

Catherine Mills - OCD-UK Trustee and Vice-Chair

Throughout the year we are constantly looking at opportunities to share our experiences of OCD with the wider media, and earlier today our vice-chair Catherine Mills spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about OCD.

Catherine also spoke about her own experience of living with OCD and experiencing intrusive thoughts.

To listen to Catherine share her experience, please click the 'Read more' link.


Article posted on: Thu, 03/04/2014 - 7:52pm

Poets Needed - What Does OCD Feel Like? - OCD Awareness

OCD Awareness Week - Poetry

We are re-launching our poetry project, and OCD-UK would like to hear from those of you that are affected by OCD and who have a poetic bent and would like to share with us in poetry how your OCD makes you actually ‘feel’. What does your OCD feel like?

We have already had some fantastic poems shared with us, but we want more. We are also seeking a small group of volunteers to join a working party to help develop the project. We would also welcome advice from anyone with experience of poetry publishing.

The poem could be emotional, sad, witty or in whatever mood you would like to express yourself about your own particular OCD. Poetry can be a very successful medium of expression about subjects that may be difficult to portray in other formats. It can throw a light, strike a chord or suddenly depict in words what we all may be experiencing in our heads.

This is a an opportunity for those of you who find poetry compelling to let us know the emotions that are within you regarding your OCD. The poems can be in any format – epics and Saxon Rhunes excluded! – and can be entered anonymously if you prefer.

We are hoping to take this project a step further, and use your submitted poems to highlight the impact that OCD can have on those of us that suffer by using these illuminating poems to collate a book of poems to highlight what it can be like to have OCD. This book would be very beneficial in terms of showing the uninitiated what OCD actually feels like, as well as a useful tool in training to give potential therapists or volunteer helpers, who don’t suffer from the condition, a first hand insight into how OCD can affect someone’s state of mind.

Article posted on: Thu, 03/04/2014 - 11:04am

Soap and Water

Soap and Water by Hannah Brennan

Sitting here in the OCD-UK office browsing through our email inboxes we regularly receive blogs and films to review, and just occasionally we receive something which makes us really take notice, and this short film written by Hannah Brennan achieves just that! A very powerful short film that discusses the feelings behind OCD.

Soap and Water is an exploration of OCD from the point of view of two people who have recovered. The film doesn't follow a traditional plot, but follows two unnamed characters, played by Lily Morgan and Rory Barnes, as they explore the emotions, stigma and development of OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 01/04/2014 - 2:59pm


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