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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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

Becca shares her video blog for OCD Awareness Week


A little while ago @BeccaACairns recorded this video blog about her OCD experiences with sexual obsessional fears. She has experienced various types of OCD since early childhood but that this aspect of OCD has felt the most destructive to her in terms of her identity and more defining life choices like starting a family.

Becca wanted to share this video for OCD Awareness Week, saying “I just wish people spoke about it more but I understand that it's taken me 29 years! We need to talk about it - to dissolve it of its power and end the stigma.”

Click the read more link to view the video blog.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 3:25pm

2017 Christmas Cards

It's that time of the year again when we start thinking about Christmas (we know it's early still, but hey we delayed this post until October!), so it gives us great pleasure to launch our brand new range of Christmas Cards. For 2017 we have five brand new Christmas Card designs. With a range of festive, religious and festive fun cards, we're sure to have exactly what you're looking for. 

Purchasing a pack of OCD-UK cards is a fantastic way to support the charity and also to raise awareness at the same time. Some people even use our Christmas cards as a gentle way to start introducing the discussion about OCD to their family and friends. Whatever your reasons for purchasing our cards, every pack that you buy will help support the work of OCD-UK, so thank you.

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:40pm

OCD Awareness Week 2017 - Get Involved!

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

Next week (8-14th Oct 2017) is OCD Awareness Week, and this gives you a platform for your voice to be heard!  As you may have already read on our homepage, here is some of what we are doing each day of OCD Awareness Week.

  • Posting and busting a myth about OCD each day
  • Talking about OCD to different audiences
  • Highlight OCD Awareness Week across our neighbouring businesses and community

This is where you can get involved. If all of our supporters, and everyone with an interest in OCD shared/re-tweeted one, or all of the facts/myths we will publish daily, then our reach to change perceptions and opinions about OCD could be globally significant. If you're feeling comfortable enough, then telling your social media followers about your own experiences of OCD could have an even bigger impact. Talking about our OCD is not easy, but only by sharing our experiences, even when it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to do so, can we start to changes people's opinions and perception about OCD.

Another way you can get involved is ask permission to display a poster in your school, university, office or any other public building during OCD Awareness Week. Below we share details of how you can access these materials:

Remember, we all have the ability to influence change! So what will you do?

7 ideas for 7 days of OCD awareness

Click the read more link for those 7 ideas!

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:20pm

One conversation at a time...


First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

Article posted on: Thu, 05/10/2017 - 2:23pm

Feeling Sad? Our guide to banishing the winter blues

Inevitably as our lacklustre summer fades, the colder and darker nights are upon us, and some could be forgiven for thinking that we have skipped autumn and headed straight into winter.

An observation, just from viewing the users the users who frequent our discussion forums is September and October usually sparks an upsurge in people feeling the blues, feeling sad, feeling that life is hard again and as a result, an upsurge in their OCD problems.

This is sometimes known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or sometimes just simply the winter blues.  Sometimes the dividing line between the winter blues and SAD can be blurred, so wherever you are on the spectrum, if you’re struggling with low mood please consult a health professional.  

But, be it winter blues or SAD there is a lot that you can do to help yourself, and most of which can be done very naturally with just small minor changes to our everyday behaviour.

Article posted on: Tue, 03/10/2017 - 12:37pm

The Range - An update

Earlier this week we highlighted concerns that had been raised by our followers about two products being sold by a national retail outlet, The Range.  The two products, wall art saying (I have OCD, Obsessive Cake Disorder),  were considered inappropriate because they both trivialise the suffering of OCD, and perpetuate the misconceptions about OCD, which of courses adds to the stigma and fear of opening up that many people with OCD already face.

Following communication with the company from OCD-UK and feedback offered to the retailer by our supporters, we are encouraged that The Range have today (Wed 16th Aug) committed to respecting mental health conditions like OCD by the withdrawal of these two products.

Article posted on: Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:57pm

Low intensity interventions do not have clinical treatment benefits

Researchers at the University of Manchester have concluded that low intensity interventions in the treatment of OCD (prior to CBT), as recommended by NICE, do not have any clinical treatment benefits. 

It’s already known that the NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) recommend CBT (including exposure and response prevention) for the treatment and management of OCD using a stepped care approach.

Low intensity psychological interventions are proposed at lower steps (including brief individual CBT using structured self-help materials, brief individual CBT by telephone and group CBT), moving up to more intensive psychological and pharmacological interventions at higher steps, which in reality is what OCD-UK believe the majority of patients presenting for OCD treatment should be offered. There is some preliminary evidence that self-managed therapy packages for OCD can be effective, but the NICE guidelines highlighted the need for research in to the use of low intensity therapy for the treatment of OCD.

The OCTET (Obsessive–Compulsive Treatment Efficacy Trial), led by Professor Karina Lovell at the University of Manchester, emerged from a research recommendation in NICE guidelines, which specified the need to evaluate CBT treatment intensity formats.

Attendees of our 2015 OCD-UK conference in York may remember Professor Lovell explained that the study aimed to see if using a self-help approach (either a book or a computer program), supported for a short time by a mental health practitioner, would be better than waiting for CBT.

The key objectives of the OCTET research was:

Article posted on: Sun, 16/07/2017 - 3:07pm


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