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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.
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.
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.
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.
OCD Awareness Week 2016
OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organizations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. October 2016, 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.
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.
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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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Podcast with Professor Paul Salkovskis

Danny Whittaker from the My Own Worst Enemy website, an online support community for anyone battling with depression or anxiety related mental health issues, recently interviewed our patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis. The result was this fascinating insight into OCD and Paul's views on everything from how he likes to refer to OCD, to views on causes and family involvement.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/11/2016 - 11:21am Read more...

IAPT Annual Report Summary - 2015/2016

NHS England

In our April members magazine, Compulsive Reading we published our summary of the 'Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)' annual report of IAPT data for the year 2014/15. In our summary we reported that the data showed big differences in recovery rates for people seeking treatment for OCD with local IAPT services across England.

For those that don’t know what IAPT is, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative was introduced across England to improve access to psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Each region has its own local IAPT service commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and all with their own local name (i.e. Let’s Talk, Healthy Minds, Talk Liverpool).

The ‘Psychological Therapies Annual Report on the use of IAPT services’ is published annually and presents a picture of activity in IAPT services and of the people that used them. The report published both national data and local CCG data broken down to reports on recovery data per condition, including OCD.

Last week NHS Digital (the new name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)l) published the new and their fourth annual report of IAPT data for the 2015/16 period. We will once again review it and summarise on it in our next OCD-UK members magazine and on this website, however for those interested in stats, here is the top line from the report ( for all conditions treated, not just OCD):

Article posted on: Mon, 24/10/2016 - 10:32pm Read more...

Thank You for OCD Awareness Week

As OCD Awareness Week concludes we want to thank each and every one of you that got involved in some capacity. Whilst we may not have received lots of media coverage this week we want you to rest assured all of your efforts HAVE reached people, and HAVE made a difference.

As one of our friends commented this morning, #OCDWeek is as much about informing undiagnosed sufferers as it's about educating the wider public of OCD and that is exactly what OCD Awareness Week achieved.

This week we have had both emails and telephone calls from people who now know they have OCD all because they saw OCD Awareness Week content somewhere, and we also know that people have reached out to those sharing #OCDweek content, and we don’t know, but it’s just possible those people now feel less isolated.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 4:00pm Read more...

Recovery is possible and necessary

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

As we conclude OCD Awareness Week, we promote the international flavour of the week, with this fascinating story from Audrey in Canada.

I am writing this article in the hopes that someone will read it and feel hopeful that they will be able to gain the upper hand in their battle with OCD.   

I am a 59 year old College teacher, happily married for 35 years, with 2 young adult kids.  I have battled OCD in one form or another for the past 34 years, with intermittent episodes during my childhood and adolescence. I would like people to know that there isn't a single approach to winning this war (and yes sometimes it has felt like a war). I believe that the answer lies in consistent, near-daily challenges to the behaviours and thoughts that underlie this condition.  In my case, medication has proven an invaluable help.  I have been fortunate to benefit from the expertise of excellent psychologists.  An extremely supportive husband has been at the foundation of my near-recovery. 

As a young child, I was obsessed with the need to be honest.  I remember having to keep track all day of things which I needed to confess to my Mom. The theme of honesty revisited me during my adolescence, though it was an intermittent struggle. The tenacious onset of OCD really occurred in my mid 20s, about one year after our marriage.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 2:05pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 7

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 7

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 7
OCD is no joking matter, the D in OCD means it is a disorder that causes great distress and disruption to a person's life.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:35pm Read more...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD

Professor Paul Salkovskis

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

During OCD Awareness Week we have heard some honest and candid stories from some brave people, some of whom have commented that they know they will always have to live with OCD. So we asked an OCD specialist to talk to us about recovery and if people will always have OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis shares his view...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD: Recovery, Cure, Resolution or just learning to live with it?
By Professor Paul Salkovskis (Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science, Department of Psychology, University of Bath).

For OCD Awareness week 2016, I have tried to briefly tackle this tough issue at the request of OCD-UK. This is just a short piece written quickly, so please forgive me for the various things I have undoubtedly left out, and for the misunderstanding which may arise from my clumsy phrasing. 

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:31pm Read more...

Bronwen shares her OCD experience

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.

As we conclude OCD Awareness Week, Bronwen tells us how important it is that through OCD awareness week even more people are made aware of the effects of OCD, understand treatment options, and fight to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

As is the case with many other people diagnosed with OCD, I can look back and see signs of OCD from the age of 15 years old, however it would be five years later I managed to get a diagnosis. Also similar to other individuals, I find that my OCD peaks and troughs as a result of life events and stress. My OCD may be considered a type of magical thinking, where most of my obsessions relate to preventing harm to others and the world around me, and my compulsions involve me repeating actions until they have been done on a safe thought or until it “feels right”. As OCD worsens, the more space it takes up- at times I find it difficult to get dressed, go up and down stairs, walk in the street, turn on and off light switches, and type on a computer.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 10:28am Read more...

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