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Obsessive Christmas Disorder – My Arse!

By Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK.

In a previous Christmas message I spoke about how OCD does not seem to recognise Christmas and take the holiday season off, if anything OCD rages more at this time of the year for many people.

But you know what, I have to acknowledge that rare occasion when I might have been wrong, you see throughout this year's festive build up there’s been a marked increase in social media memes and naff retailing websites like CafePress selling ‘OCD jumpers’, not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but that seasonal condition called ‘Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.  Amusing hey?

This horrid trend that started a couple of Christmases ago gathered pace last year when a major US retailer (Target) got it on the act and thought they would use OCD to make a Christmas profit…. Such is the commercialism of Christmas these days. Sadly it’s even infected respected journals like The Spectator that published an article which started… ‘There are plenty of usually normal and well-adjusted people who go bonkers at Christmas time. I refer to the condition as Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.

Obsessive Christmas Disorder… My Arse!!!  (I was watching The Royle Family last night, which is where that piece of descriptive rebuttal came from).

Article posted on: Fri, 23/12/2016 - 4:50pm Read more...

Dear OCD Sufferer

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.

Today's fantastically positive story is being published by OCD-UK volunteer Ruth, and is published with permission from her blog.

 

Dear OCD sufferer,

My name is Ruth, I am 47 years old. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 24.  I believe I had it for a long time before that, but there was very little awareness of OCD back then.

I really wanted to write to you to let you know that there is hope.

This week is OCD awareness week, and I really wanted to write to you to let you know that there is hope, that I have been where you are now, living with severe OCD. I was in the depths of despair, believing life would only ever be a constant stream of terrorising and guilt ridden days. I have lost count of the number of people I believe I had either harmed through my mistakes or through carelessness. When I was at my worst every day I believed I had either seriously harmed or killed people through coming into contact with contamination and not acting responsibly enough. This was despite the hundreds of daily rituals, changing clothes every time I went out and showering several times a day until I could take no more, throwing away clothes and items I felt were too contaminated to ever be clean again, disinfecting shoes, my phone, handbag, my car – the daily rituals were endless, but they were never enough. However hard I tried to avoid contaminates, and however many times I showered and changed into clean clothes, I still believed I had left a risk to others lives, it was exhausting and I can still remember the desperate yearning I had for some rest from the thoughts of being a bad person that was selfishly not doing enough to protect others.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 9:50am Read more...

It is important that we speak up - Kirstie shares her experiences of OCD

Kirstie and son Blair

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

Today Kirstie @ittywoof bravely shares her recent experiences of OCD and how it's currently imapcting on her.

So the past few weeks have been pretty unkind to my family. Our pet dog suddenly died after a routine medical procedure, we also went through a month long miscarriage and all whilst dealing with a poorly toddler (and our wedding happening 6 weeks later!). It was clear the OCD was going to rear its ugly head. Stress is a huge trigger for OCD.

The running theme through all this was grief and loss. Now for the OCD this is like a red rag to a bull. Especially, considering at the root of my OCD was the fear of losing loved ones. Having no control over any of these scenarios and trying to function on a day to day basis I admit has been a struggle for us a family. Each scenario on there own is something that is often not spoken about.

Often the feelings of shame, embarrassment, not wanting to admit that you're struggling or out of fear that you'll be viewed as a failure stops us from talking about our experiences. However, I think it's important that we speak up and share when we are struggling. It's equally as important as sharing the good times.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 10:58am Read more...

2016 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 2016 we have nine 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.  We also have more stock of everyday notelet cards, the perfect way to say thank you to someone.

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: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:26pm 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: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:23pm Read more...

You will never know...

This weekend Charlotte Laycock and Darren Moore are running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in memory of their sister Anne-Marie Moore. Sunday marks the start of OCD Awareness Week, and Charlotte and Darren very poignantly explained why they are running for OCD-UK.

10 years ago we lost our beloved younger sister in a car accident.  Anne-Marie, as those of you who knew her, was a bright, vibrant and energetic spirit with an unforgettable smile.  

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 6:19pm Read more...

Kim and her facing anxiety skydive

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2016.

By a strange quirk of fate, this weekend Kim Grant is jumping out of a plane to fundraise for OCD-UK, the perfect start to OCD Awareness Week! Kim shared with ourselves and her fundraising page exactly why she is getting involved.

For 6 years I suffered in silence and tried my very best to battle against ‘Pure O’, a living nightmare.

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 5:14pm Read more...

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