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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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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

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...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 2

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 2

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 2
People who have OCD intrusive thoughts of a harmful nature are not dangerous.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:00pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 2

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 2

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 2
Myth: Having OCD can be a useful thing
Mythbuster: OCD is a debilitating mental illness and prevents sufferers from living life as they choose, nothing about that is useful.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:00am Read more...

Misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media. OCD Awareness Week discussion

As part of OCD Awareness Week we want to highlight the misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media and welcome your comments and feedback.

This is not a discussion about whether or not we 'should be' offended but rather an opportunity to give honest accounts of how the chosen media topics might make those affected by OCD feel.  Should the media play a bigger role in ensuring they take more responsibility not to add to stereo-types and misconceptions?

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 5:24pm Read more...

Eva - I am strong and you are too

Eva

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

"I am strong and you are too" says Eva.

Today 10-year-old Eva sent us this fantastic short video where she talks about her own struggles with OCD. We all know it takes such courage to open up about our OCD, so for Eva to do so on film for us all to see is a fantastic achievement. Please all do watch and admire her bravery and determination to challenge her OCD. We're incredibly proud of Eva and wish her the very best with her therapy.

To view the video please click the 'read more' link.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 2:12pm Read more...

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