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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.
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!
Image of upset child
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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

Actor Mikey North donates All Star Mr and Mrs jackpot to OCD-UK

Actor Mikey North alongside his fiancée Rachael Isherwood

The actor Mikey North, who plays Coronation Street's Gary Windass appeared on this evenings All Star Mr and Mrs alongside his fiancée Rachael Isherwood. Following their successful appearance on the ITV gameshow Mikey and Rachael kindly donated their £30,000 jackpot to OCD-UK.

All Star Mr and Mrs is a star-studded version of the classic game show which tests just how much - or how little - couples know about each other for a cash prize for their chosen charity. To view the episode please visit ITV Player by clicking here.

Article posted on: Wed, 18/11/2015 - 8:57pm

OCD – The Monster Under The Bed - Blog by Abby Williams


Blog written for and first published on BAM Magazine for OCD Awareness Week by Abby Williams (forum name Saffie), October 2015. Republished by OCD-UK with kind permission of Abby and BAM magazine.

OCD – The Monster Under The Bed
By Abby Williams

AS OCD Awareness Week draws to a close today [Saturday October 17], UK charities such as OCD-UK are rallying to highlight the disorder that affects around 2.3% of the world’s population.

Rated within the top ten of the world’s most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation (WHO), startling statistics show that less than 10% of those affected are receiving appropriate treatment. Even more worrying are the persistent public perceptions of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which minimalise its severity and alienate sufferers.

“I’m so OCD!” is a phrase we commonly hear from people who like to categorise their tinned foods in a certain way or insist on keeping a clean house, and television shows such as ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ depict a cringe-worthy distortion of the illness. The key difference between these examples and really dealing with OCD is that if you enjoy these compulsions, it certainly isn’t OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 20/10/2015 - 10:10am

My OCD Awareness Week - Blog by Claire

Claire at an OCD event earlier this year.

Last week was OCD Awareness Week, and OCD-UK were proud to be proactive in our work to generate media interest. In the end over the last 10-days OCD was featured across national newspapers, local and national radio and TV too. In fact according to our calculations the work we helped generate had the potential to reach 14.3 million people last week. Claire shares her experiences of being involved.

Blog written by 'Claire', October 2015.

My OCD Awareness Week

I consider myself very lucky to be involved with OCD-UK. I've had OCD since before I knew it was even a thing, and since I stumbled across the support forum in 2011, I've felt part of a community who understands. We just 'get' it. We don't have to explain anything.

Having said that, I hadn't taken part in Awareness Week until this year. Initially I was still nervous about speaking out in public. I'd suffered in silence for the best part of 25 years, so opening up about it didn't come naturally to me.

If my OCD recovery journey has taught me anything though, it's that the reality of a situation is generally a lot less terrifying than the worry I invest in it! For this reason now, if I'm asked to do something in the name of OCD awareness, I generally say "yeah ok!" I know that I'll be supported by the OCD-UK team. Don't get me wrong, after the "yeah, ok!" often comes the "what have I just agreed to?!" but it's good for me to challenge myself in this way.

Article posted on: Mon, 19/10/2015 - 7:58pm

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Following a feature about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on today's ITV 'Good Morning Britain' programme we share the concerns expressed by many about the way Good Morning Britain portrayed the illness, and may have done significant awareness damage by adding to the misconceptions that OCD is a simple quirk that people choose to be helpful. In fact, the way Good Morning Britain portrayed OCD today is the public perception of OCD that we hoped OCD Awareness Week would challenge and change.

Article posted on: Tue, 13/10/2015 - 12:09pm

Inés OCD Awareness Week film

Ines with her OCD Awareness Week t-shirt

Especially for OCD Awareness Week, Inés created this fantastic short film, which we are publishing with her kind permission.

Thank you so much to Inés for putting her creative skills to good use to make this brilliant film for OCD Awareness Week, and it's not too late to get your OCD Awareness Week t-shirt / pack, simply click here.

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

Article posted on: Mon, 12/10/2015 - 8:17am

Compulsive Reading - The OCD-UK Magazine

The highly acclaimed Compulsive Reading magazine is the quarterly members magazine and the best tool for anyone wanting staying up to date on important news and information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the work of OCD-UK. Compulsive Reading provides a great mix of community content, OCD related news and personal stories including exclusive content not published online.

To promote OCD Awareness Week we are making our April 2015 issue available completely free of charge, simply click the 'read more' link to access. The magazine featured some great awareness ideas, perfect for OCD Awareness Week.

Article posted on: Sun, 27/09/2015 - 2:15pm


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