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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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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

Kim and her facing anxiety skydive

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2016.

By a strange quirk of fate, this weekend Kim Grant is jumping out of a plane to fundraise for OCD-UK, the perfect start to OCD Awareness Week! Kim shared with ourselves and her fundraising page exactly why she is getting involved.

For 6 years I suffered in silence and tried my very best to battle against ‘Pure O’, a living nightmare.

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 5:14pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week 2016

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

As recent comments across mainstream media have shown, far too many people still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised. We need to say to them, 'think again!'. We need to tell them that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating condition, which leads to sufferers frequently having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts, rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. That's OCD!

This is exactly why OCD-UK is once again promoting OCD Awareness Week, from 9-15th October, to give people a platform to ensure their voice is heard.

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing the misunderstanding and stigma often caused by the misrepresentation of OCD. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (a US based charity), 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. This year we are also thrilled to have the support of a new global mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation who have partnered with us for OCD Awareness Week.

Article posted on: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 12:16pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

With OCD Awareness Week fast approaching (9-15th October) we are once again releasing these great OCD awareness t-shirts. We have 60 available on a first come, first served basis (UK residents only), all we are asking is those wanting a t-shirt make a donation to the charity using the form below. We ask you please make the donation a minimum of £5 per t-shirt to ensure we cover our costs.

The slogans for the t-shirt came from our previous awareness volunteer team, we thank everyone who helped with feedback for this project.

The focus of this year's OCD Awareness Week is changing public perceptions about OCD, one conversation at a time. The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD’ that seems to be used in everyday conversation is still something that many people with OCD find upsetting and remains a stigmatising barrier to helping those that suffer with this often misunderstood disorder feel that they can be open and talk freely. The purpose of OCD Awareness Week is to change this and through our East Midlands project our volunteers have engaged members of the public in conversation sharing their experiences with a view to encouraging them to think differently about the way they perceive both OCD and mental illness in general.

Article posted on: Sat, 01/10/2016 - 3:22pm Read more...

CBT and Me: Learning to live with my dark thoughts

CBT & Me: Learning to live with my dark thoughts is a blog written by Nick Arnold and recently published on the BBC Three website. This blog is a fantastic piece of writing that explains his journey of discovery that OCD is not just about being a neat freak and his experience of CBT treatment at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT). A blog that is well worth a read, especially if you are new to dealing with OCD.

Article posted on: Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:48am Read more...

Your Right to Choose - NHS Mental Health Treatment Provider

In April 2014, the then coalition government established legislation for people with mental health conditions to have the same legal right as those with physical health conditions to choose their health care provider.

The NHS stated that patients in England have the legal right to choose any clinically appropriate mental health provider that has a contract with any Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England for the service required.

Partly because of the way the NHS England guidance was interpreted by many different health professionals and NHS services, the legislation is not something that has been widely publicised or is known about.

As we first reported to OCD-UK members in the last member’s magazine, we have been speaking with NHS England's 'Patient Choice' team to clarify the legislation and how people seeking treatment for OCD or BDD can implement it.

At the moment when a patient requires treatment they are automatically referred (or they can sometimes self-refer) to their local service within the same CCG area that they are registered with a GP. For the majority of people that will be fine, and travel restrictions may mean they can only access local services anyway. However, for others where travel is not restrictive, there may be occasions where they may wish to be referred to a different NHS service for their treatment.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 1:48pm Read more...

IAPT Database

For people resident in England, in most cases their first access to OCD treatment will come through their local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Because each local IAPT service will have its own service name, it can sometimes be hard to find details about your local service. So OCD-UK have created this database/map of IAPT services across England.  To find your local service you simply need to scroll in to the map and click in your local area and the details for your local IAPT service provider/s will pop up in the left hand pane.

In some areas more than one provider is commissioned to provide the service, if you’re unsure about which service you need to refer yourself to we recommend you please consult your GP for advice. If you prefer to access a service outside of your home region you should also discuss this with your GP, because you may be able to implement your ‘Right to Choose’ to access an alternative service (perhaps closer to work) rather than your local service.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 12:40pm Read more...

Old Prof rides 100 miles in a day for OCD-UK

Paul riding for OCD-UK

Earlier this week we shared Stuart's story about why he is Riding 100 miles for OCD-UK this coming Sunday. Another of those #FantasticFundraisers taking part in the RideLondonSurrey100 is clinical psychologist, Professor Paul Salkovskis (pictured) who shared with our website the reason for his taking part.

I began cycling four years ago, inspired by Ashley and Jo’s example riding London to Paris for OCD-UK. When Ashley was talking to me about the possibility of his riding Land’s End to John O’Groats, I thought “I could never do that”. When I thought about it, I felt a bit of a hypocrite….I am constantly telling others that, whatever they think, they can manage to succeed with even seemingly impossible targets. Ashley and I did that ride, then another even longer one two years later, and we met some fantastic people along the way as the “awareness” bit of those rides.

Article posted on: Wed, 27/07/2016 - 2:17pm Read more...

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