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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.
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.
Our live webinar's with leading OCD specialists
Our live webinar's with leading OCD specialists allow people affected by OCD the opportunity to listen to and learn from experts in the field of OCD.
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.
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.
OCD Awareness Week 2017
OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organisations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. October 2017, get involved!
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.
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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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The Affliction of Addiction

Gabe

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Today, OCD-UK volunteer Gabe shares his very honest and candid experience of OCD and alcohol abuse, this is his story....

As a child I was often described as a worrier. I suffered from, what I now recognise as obsessions, from a very early age, and I can recall being troubled for extended periods of time about nuclear war and AIDS. The latter particularly following the 'Don't Die of Ignorance'.campaign in 1987. I was eight years old at the time and learned everything I could about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). During my teenage years I developed an obsession about having a heart attack (cardiophobia) and used to check my pulse regularly, much to the amusement of my friends. That was possibly the only physical compulsion I have ever had.

My first experiences with alcohol was during my early teens. I remember drinking cider in a park and all my anxiety just melted away, leaving me with blissful sensations of serenity, confidence and joy. At the tender age of fifteen I was drinking every weekend, often passing out at gigs and parties and, emboldened by the drink, getting myself into mischief. By the age of nineteen I'd left home to go to university and was drinking pretty much every night of the week. Looking back, I think I was dependent upon alcohol by the age of twenty and used to suffer panic attacks when I tried to sober up. Though I hadn't been formerly diagnosed, I wrote a poem at university about my hangovers. It was entitled Alcoholic Insanity and included the recurring verse 'am I going insane?' It ended 'I must be insane, because the [alcoholic] cycle starts again!'

It wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I was diagnosed as having OCD, after I was referred to see a psychologist by an alcohol counsellor who had suggested my drink problem might be attributable to an anxiety disorder. As I'm sure you can appreciate, those were dark days. Each morning I'd wake up not just with the physical symptoms of a hangover, with which most people will be familiar, but feeling extremely anxious. In fact my anxiety became so bad that I started making appointments to see my GP in an effort to get prescriptions for tranquillisers, which is what led to my referral to the counsellor in the first place.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 11:18am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 4

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 4

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different myth and mythbuster about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 4
Myth: It's ok to joke about OCD
Mythbuster: There's nothing funny about the distress, anxiety or fear that OCD causes.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 9:35am Read more...

Be OCD Aware

Rachel

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

We were delighted to receive this article that Rachel prepared for her work press, and she's subsequently told us that she's already had someone at work contact her with their OCD 'story'. Fantastic Rachel, well done. This is Rachel's article.

As an OCD sufferer, I have struggled for years to deal with how this mental illness affects me, and found it difficult to develop coping mechanisms when I sense that ‘things’ aren’t going very well. In a move which inadvertently exacerbates my condition, I have tended to turn introvert in desperation to blot out the underlying roots of the problem. It is after years of soul-searching and in-depth self-analysis that I realise a significant part of my frustration lies within the lack of understanding of the illness itself, and the inaccurate portrayal of an often-debilitating mental disease in the public eye. My two aims of late are quite simply:

  • To help dispel the myths surrounding this illness
  • To share with and learn from, others, our experiences and coping mechanisms
Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 3:35pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 3

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 3

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different fact about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 3
The World Health Organisation included OCD in the top ten most debilitating illnesses in terms of loss of income and quality of life.

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 2:50pm Read more...

OCD - The consequences and impact on our life

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Today, one OCD-UK member shares her fascinating story and experience of living with OCD. This is a story that describes more than OCD, it's a story that shows the consequences on life beyond the confines of OCD. The writer told us she wanted to show a full picture of life at home and work, and the help offered through NHS - the good, the bad and the ugly - and finally success. This is her story, along with her tips for you...

I have suffered from OCD since childhood, it seemed to disappear during my teens, however it really started to affect my life during my early 20’s. It was contamination OCD.  My parents were contaminated, some other members of my family were contaminated and various other things would be categorised as contaminated or contaminants - the ability to contaminate me / my house, my loved ones. all mainly illogical thoughts in my head.

Over a period of 10 years my husband and I lived with the OCD, gradually growing and effecting our lives. It began with small things, a cup or two would become contaminated so it was easier to throw them away and replace them. What harm was it really - it was easier to avoid the stress and just get rid of it. Then clothes would become contaminated and I couldn’t touch them anymore. Then places we visited would become contaminated so we could no longer visit that restaurant or pub or friends house.  In a very short time we found we had numerous places we couldn't visit, people we couldn't see, items and rooms in our home we couldn't touch. We had spent hundreds of pounds replacing things and  our budget for cleaning products was beginning to spiral as I washed, wiped, bleached everything relentlessly - including my hands. 

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 11:12am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 3

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 3

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different myth and mythbuster about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 3
Myth: Everybody has a bit of OCD
Mythbuster: Only 1-2% of people have OCD but due to misrepresentation by the media it is regularly confused with people liking things a certain way.

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 9:46am Read more...

I am in recovery from a form of OCD known commonly across the internet as Pure O

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Today, one OCD-UK volunteer shares her fascinating story and experience of living with OCD, this is her story....

Few things irritate me more than the phrase ‘I’m a bit OCD about…’ – OCD is not an adjective, it is not a mildly amusing quirk AND it is not about being ‘into cleaning’ as is sooo often assumed …. I was diagnosed with acute OCD back in 2007 and I have never ever stood switching a light on and off or scrubbed my work surfaces - you should see my house! I am in recovery from a form of OCD known commonly across the internet as Pure O. The name always make me smile as it sound a bit like an illegal drug that might have been sold at raves in the early 90’s. It is so-called Pure O as it is characterised primarily by obsessional irrational thinking. The title indicates that there are no compulsions but that is not the case – it’s just that the compulsions are  often more hidden, internal and less obvious to the outside world. For this reason it can go years without diagnosis and looking back I had indicators of the OCD for years (I had always had a tendency to told onto negative thoughts and doubt) but when it really kicked off in 2006 there was no hiding! So here is my story….

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:30pm Read more...

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