What is Recovery?

The great news is that people can and do recover from some mental health problems, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Recovery is of course very individual, and how we define recovery may be different to how you define it. For some people it’s an ongoing journey, for others it’s a specific destination. Whatever the individual definition of recovery is, what is clear is that with the right support, recovery is possible.

But how is recovery defined? 

The Oxford English Dictionary define it as ‘restoration or return to health from sickness’, and it’s fair to say that this is absolutely possible with OCD.

Recovery – restoration or return to health from sickness.Oxford English Dictionary

We love how the The Scottish Recovery Network define recovery, they say recovery means “being able to live a good life, as defined by the person, with or without symptoms and is more about what you CAN do, not what you can’t”. They created a fantastic short animated video resource about recovery, which with their kind permission we are able to show below.

For us here at OCD-UK, we believe our role is to promote the message that OCD is a treatable condition and offer hope and inspiration to show that people can and do recover from OCD.


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