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My Mind Outlined

OCD – why do we need to raise awareness?

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Blog written by 'My Mind Outlined' ‏@mymindoutlined for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

I have recently looked back over my previous blog posts and there was one in particular that stuck out to me. It was my attempt to summarise why I felt my OCD is so misunderstood, in relation to my own situation and experiences. I have taken the opportunity to update this post for OCD Awareness Week 2014, and to explain why this week is so important to me.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 11:01am

Dear Mum...

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Blog written by 'My Mind Outlined' ‏@mymindoutlined, March 2013.

It is Mother's Day this weekend and below is a letter I have written to my own mum which I have shared on my blog for two reasons. Firstly I want to say a public thank you to my mum for all the unconditional love and support she has shown me during some difficult times. This has been something I have been unable to do before now as I have not been open about my OCD. Secondly, I want to highlight the impact that OCD has, not only on the sufferer of the condition, but also on those close to them.

Dear Mum...

Article posted on: Sat, 09/03/2013 - 1:31pm

Dear OCD...

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Blog written by 'My Mind Outlined' ‏@mymindoutlined, January 2013.

Dear OCD...
Twenty years ago you entered my life and since then you have been with me every step of the way. You have been there with me constantly but unlike a loyal partner or friend, you have dragged me down in good times and dragged me down even further in bad times. You have been inside my head, like a broken record stuck on the same section and repeating the same thing over and over again. Making me anxious about doing everyday things and asking constant ‘what if’ questions. What if someone gets injured as a result of my actions? What if I, or someone around me falls ill because I haven’t washed my hands again?  You have made everything around me seem like a danger zone and I regularly feel compelled to carry out the tasks that, in my mind, will stop your constant questions in my head. But of course the questions don’t stop. No doubt something else will happen and you will start the whole cycle of questions again, this time much stronger and louder than before.

OCD-UK Editorial - Why not write your own 'Dear OCD' letter, either for yourself, or share with your therapist, or with OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Fri, 01/02/2013 - 4:00pm

Reflecting on 2012

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Blog written by 'My Mind Outlined' ‏@mymindoutlined, December 2012.

Reflecting on 2012
It is at this time of year that I start to reflect on the last year and plan for the one ahead. One of the key things that has featured in my life over the past 12 months is OCD, both in a positive and a negative way. I won’t focus on the negatives as most of you will be aware of the daily struggles that sufferers face and I have written about these in previous blog articles. Looking at the positives, I feel that the OCD awareness campaign has made significant progress thanks to the hard work and perseverance of many determined and brave people out there.

Article posted on: Thu, 27/12/2012 - 3:26pm

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