Your OCD Poetry For many people with OCD, being creative is an outlet to express their feeling about OCD and how it impacts on their daily lives. This is an opportunity for those of you who find poetry compelling to let us know the emotions that are within you regarding your OCD.

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This Old Ghost

Take a look at this fantastic short animated film 'This Old Ghost'. 'This Old Ghost' was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd and is a collaboration between James, Liz Smith and the website 'The Secret Illness'.

James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood, he provided the voiceover for the animation. The animation itself was created by filmmaker Liz Smith.

The Secret Illness is a project developed to explore the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts. A fantastic concept and one in which OCD-UK fully support. The Secret Illness interviewed James about this piece which you can read on their website at: https://thesecretillness.com/2016/05/16/this-old-ghost/

Click the 'read more' link to watch the animation.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 2:40pm

Reality’s Cave

Cruel darkness that I beseech
Not a thought goes by without your consent,
My stolen joy at your malice;

Thoughts black as a venomous cave
These vivid thoughts just will not behave.

Article posted on: Tue, 13/05/2014 - 9:30am

It’s not easy living with a voice that’s connected to my hand

Touch it, check it, clean it, wipe it. Repeat x10

You and me know it's not true,
But It's in the mind of me not you,
I try to resist doing the do,
But the pull is too strong,
and its always there, running through me, not you.

Article posted on: Tue, 13/05/2014 - 9:23am

The silent battle

Earlier this year we launched our poetry project asking people affected by OCD to use the art of poetry to describe how OCD makes them feel. This brilliant example is Joelle's poem.

The Silent Battle
Alone at midnight, in the silence
Thoughts penetrating my mind.
The 'Sequence' begins. I run through it
Restlessly. and yes, i have emerged a victor

Article posted on: Mon, 12/05/2014 - 5:26pm

OCDeary Me

OCDeary me by Matt C

For many people with OCD, being creative is an outlet to express their feeling about OCD and how it impacts on their daily lives. This poem is one such example.

OCDeary Me

How can these hands be dirty still,
where are these germs my brain cannot kill?
Where is the map to ease the maze,

Can I not but let it lie,
to walk away without goodbye.
But you slowly creep upon my shoulder,
the doubt and fear that turns me older.
corridors of circles, my head ablaze.

Article posted on: Sat, 12/05/2012 - 12:30am

It Takes Hold

It Takes Hold
By Catriona Cotterill

It takes hold,
Sharp claws digging in,
Embedding into an aching mind.

Article posted on: Sun, 16/10/2011 - 11:04pm

Trying not to think

By Kerry

Trying not to think that I’ve not to think about it
Yeah yeah I know I sound like a right twit
But really how can I not think about it when
I have to think about not thinking then
I have to think about not thinking about not thinking
Meantime the first thought isn’t sinking

Article posted on: Sat, 01/10/2011 - 2:29am


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