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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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

2017 Christmas Cards

It's that time of the year again when we start thinking about Christmas (we know it's early still, but hey we delayed this post until October!), so it gives us great pleasure to launch our brand new range of Christmas Cards. For 2017 we have five brand new Christmas Card designs. With a range of festive, religious and festive fun cards, we're sure to have exactly what you're looking for. 

Purchasing a pack of OCD-UK cards is a fantastic way to support the charity and also to raise awareness at the same time. Some people even use our Christmas cards as a gentle way to start introducing the discussion about OCD to their family and friends. Whatever your reasons for purchasing our cards, every pack that you buy will help support the work of OCD-UK, so thank you.

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:40pm Read more...

Feeling Sad? Our guide to banishing the winter blues

Inevitably as our lacklustre summer fades, the colder and darker nights are upon us, and some could be forgiven for thinking that we have skipped autumn and headed straight into winter.

An observation, just from viewing the users the users who frequent our discussion forums is September and October usually sparks an upsurge in people feeling the blues, feeling sad, feeling that life is hard again and as a result, an upsurge in their OCD problems.

This is sometimes known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or sometimes just simply the winter blues.  Sometimes the dividing line between the winter blues and SAD can be blurred, so wherever you are on the spectrum, if you’re struggling with low mood please consult a health professional.  

But, be it winter blues or SAD there is a lot that you can do to help yourself, and most of which can be done very naturally with just small minor changes to our everyday behaviour.

Article posted on: Tue, 03/10/2017 - 12:37pm Read more...

Calling OCD-UK

Information about calling OCD-UK.

OCD-UK offer a telephone information line for people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder needing advice, information, help or support. The charity receives no funding from any source for offering this service which utilises staff and volunteers from across the country, hence the need for a non-geographical telephone number. Our team do a fantastic job in offering this service, often donating their time freely to help and support people affected by OCD.

Article posted on: Sat, 14/10/2017 - 1:39pm Read more...

The Third Letter

When we launched our new logo last year, we did so to highlight the fact that the D in OCD the D means 'disorder'. For OCD Awareness Week Patrick, the host of the blog morethanmydiagnoses created this great piece about that 'third letter'.

Morethanmydiagnoses is an honest and frank record of mental illness and recovery.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 4:41pm Read more...

Becca shares her video blog for OCD Awareness Week

Becca

A little while ago @BeccaACairns recorded this video blog about her OCD experiences with sexual obsessional fears. She has experienced various types of OCD since early childhood but that this aspect of OCD has felt the most destructive to her in terms of her identity and more defining life choices like starting a family.

Becca wanted to share this video for OCD Awareness Week, saying “I just wish people spoke about it more but I understand that it's taken me 29 years! We need to talk about it - to dissolve it of its power and end the stigma.”

Click the read more link to view the video blog.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 3:25pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week 2017 - Get Involved!

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

Next week (8-14th Oct 2017) is OCD Awareness Week, and this gives you a platform for your voice to be heard!  As you may have already read on our homepage, here is some of what we are doing each day of OCD Awareness Week.

  • Posting and busting a myth about OCD each day
  • Talking about OCD to different audiences
  • Highlight OCD Awareness Week across our neighbouring businesses and community

This is where you can get involved. If all of our supporters, and everyone with an interest in OCD shared/re-tweeted one, or all of the facts/myths we will publish daily, then our reach to change perceptions and opinions about OCD could be globally significant. If you're feeling comfortable enough, then telling your social media followers about your own experiences of OCD could have an even bigger impact. Talking about our OCD is not easy, but only by sharing our experiences, even when it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to do so, can we start to changes people's opinions and perception about OCD.

Another way you can get involved is ask permission to display a poster in your school, university, office or any other public building during OCD Awareness Week. Below we share details of how you can access these materials:

Remember, we all have the ability to influence change! So what will you do?

7 ideas for 7 days of OCD awareness

Click the read more link for those 7 ideas!

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:20pm Read more...

One conversation at a time...

Beth

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

Article posted on: Thu, 05/10/2017 - 2:23pm Read more...

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