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The Range - An update

Earlier this week we highlighted concerns that had been raised by our followers about two products being sold by a national retail outlet, The Range.  The two products, wall art saying (I have OCD, Obsessive Cake Disorder),  were considered inappropriate because they both trivialise the suffering of OCD, and perpetuate the misconceptions about OCD, which of courses adds to the stigma and fear of opening up that many people with OCD already face.

Following communication with the company from OCD-UK and feedback offered to the retailer by our supporters, we are encouraged that The Range have today (Wed 16th Aug) committed to respecting mental health conditions like OCD by the withdrawal of these two products.

Article posted on: Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:57pm Read more...

The Range - Disappointment in OCD products

Update: Wed 16th Aug - This issue is now resolved. Please review this post for updated comment.

In a week when WHSmith announce they are working to deliver a comprehensive mental health wellbeing strategy that will not only raise awareness of mental health issues and address the stigma surrounding them, another national chain, The Range, have chosen to take the opposite direction. The Range have chosen to sell and profit from products which increase stigma around mental health, with these two ‘I have OCD’ metal wall art plaques.

The Range sparked widespread criticism from our followers last week when it came to light after one of our eagle eyed Twitter followers Prozac&Nooch spotted the inappropriate wall art whilst browsing their local store, many felt the two products trivialised the severity of OCD .

Those suffering with OCD are all too frequently victims of retailers like The Range profiting from the selling of items which mock and misuse the OCD acronym, often leaving people with OCD feeling stigmatised and feeling that these products reinforce the negative perceptions that drive this constant cycle of trivialisation of OCD.

Our own spokesperson, Ashley Fulwood, commented “Every time somebody misuses the OCD acronym for a ‘joke’, a little part of an OCD sufferer dies inside, the stigma that the ‘joke’ creates can be life-limiting, because people suffering with OCD close down and are left feeling they can’t talk to anybody.”

Article posted on: Sun, 13/08/2017 - 7:11pm Read more...

Frustratingly, disappointingly Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

Frustratingly, disappointingly but not unsurprisingly Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is back on screens for another series which started broadcasting last night. OCD-UK condemn Channel 4 for seemingly putting profits and viewing figures above adding to stigmatic misrepresentation of OCD, not to mention arguably above ethics in the how they appear to be 'using' OCD to sell this programme about cleaning. We shared that opinion with Channel 4 and publically before the first episode aired back in 2013, we were a lone voice back then and we seemingly continue to be today, but we believe we have a duty to represent you, people with lived experience of OCD.

OCD-UK are not shy about being publically critical of Channel 4 for this programme, our social media followers are not either, and these are some of the views shared on our social media last night:

Article posted on: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 2:46pm Read more...

Living With Me And My OCD - Full documentary

Claire fiming

Earlier this month Claire Watkinson premièred her OCD documentary film in Sheffield, and it gives us great pleasure to make the film available via our website, thank you to Claire for making this possible.

Living With Me And My OCD is a personal documentary about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) produced, directed, filmed and edited by Claire Watkinson. It features individuals (including Claire) who have OCD and demonstrates the lack of awareness surrounding OCD.

Article posted on: Mon, 20/02/2017 - 12:03pm Read more...

Living with me and my OCD

Good luck to Claire Watkinson who premieres her brilliant documentary 'Living with me and my OCD' this Saturday in Sheffield. The documentary was five years in the making, and includes interviews with OCD sufferers from around the world and is well worth watching.

For those not lucky enough to be able to get a ticket for the premiere in Sheffield, there will also be a live feed via her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LivingWithMeAndMyOcd/

Huge congratulations to Claire and everyone who contributed to her film. The rewards are there to see in the final edit, and everyone should be very proud of their contributions.

Article posted on: Tue, 31/01/2017 - 2:21pm Read more...

A little bit OCD - Short film by Kiran Wallace

Briefed with creating a social action project, Brighton media student Kiran Wallace created this video about the misconceptions of OCD.

Featuring OCD-UK volunteer Claire Goldenberg, facilitator of the Worthing OCD support group, Kiran does a fantastic job in this short 5 minute film of separating OCD from the online misconceptions of 'A little bit OCD'. So next time you see OCD trivialised online, perhaps encourage that person to watch this film, it may just help them understand. Click 'read more' to watch the film.

Article posted on: Fri, 27/01/2017 - 5:43pm Read more...

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...

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