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Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week 2017

OCD Awareness Week 2017

People still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised. We need to say to them, 'think again!'. We need to tell them that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating disorder which leads the sufferer to having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. That's OCD!

Which is exactly why we are promoting OCD Awareness Week again in October 2017 (8-14th October 2017).

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing misunderstanding and stigma that can be caused by misrepresentation of OCD. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (a US based charity), 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.

Throughout 2017 we will update this webpage with our plans of how you can get involved, or maybe you have your own plans for getting involved, let us know! So what will you do? Do you have any ideas about how we can maximise impact and really make a difference?

Article posted on: Thu, 05/01/2017 - 3:13pm Read more...

Thank You for OCD Awareness Week

As OCD Awareness Week concludes we want to thank each and every one of you that got involved in some capacity. Whilst we may not have received lots of media coverage this week we want you to rest assured all of your efforts HAVE reached people, and HAVE made a difference.

As one of our friends commented this morning, #OCDWeek is as much about informing undiagnosed sufferers as it's about educating the wider public of OCD and that is exactly what OCD Awareness Week achieved.

This week we have had both emails and telephone calls from people who now know they have OCD all because they saw OCD Awareness Week content somewhere, and we also know that people have reached out to those sharing #OCDweek content, and we don’t know, but it’s just possible those people now feel less isolated.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 4:00pm Read more...

Recovery is possible and necessary

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

As we conclude OCD Awareness Week, we promote the international flavour of the week, with this fascinating story from Audrey in Canada.

I am writing this article in the hopes that someone will read it and feel hopeful that they will be able to gain the upper hand in their battle with OCD.   

I am a 59 year old College teacher, happily married for 35 years, with 2 young adult kids.  I have battled OCD in one form or another for the past 34 years, with intermittent episodes during my childhood and adolescence. I would like people to know that there isn't a single approach to winning this war (and yes sometimes it has felt like a war). I believe that the answer lies in consistent, near-daily challenges to the behaviours and thoughts that underlie this condition.  In my case, medication has proven an invaluable help.  I have been fortunate to benefit from the expertise of excellent psychologists.  An extremely supportive husband has been at the foundation of my near-recovery. 

As a young child, I was obsessed with the need to be honest.  I remember having to keep track all day of things which I needed to confess to my Mom. The theme of honesty revisited me during my adolescence, though it was an intermittent struggle. The tenacious onset of OCD really occurred in my mid 20s, about one year after our marriage.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 2:05pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 7

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 7

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different fact about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 7
OCD is no joking matter, the D in OCD means it is a disorder that causes great distress and disruption to a person's life.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:35pm Read more...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD

Professor Paul Salkovskis

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

During OCD Awareness Week we have heard some honest and candid stories from some brave people, some of whom have commented that they know they will always have to live with OCD. So we asked an OCD specialist to talk to us about recovery and if people will always have OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis shares his view...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD: Recovery, Cure, Resolution or just learning to live with it?
By Professor Paul Salkovskis (Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science, Department of Psychology, University of Bath).

For OCD Awareness week 2016, I have tried to briefly tackle this tough issue at the request of OCD-UK. This is just a short piece written quickly, so please forgive me for the various things I have undoubtedly left out, and for the misunderstanding which may arise from my clumsy phrasing. 

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:31pm Read more...

Bronwen shares her OCD experience

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.

As we conclude OCD Awareness Week, Bronwen tells us how important it is that through OCD awareness week even more people are made aware of the effects of OCD, understand treatment options, and fight to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

As is the case with many other people diagnosed with OCD, I can look back and see signs of OCD from the age of 15 years old, however it would be five years later I managed to get a diagnosis. Also similar to other individuals, I find that my OCD peaks and troughs as a result of life events and stress. My OCD may be considered a type of magical thinking, where most of my obsessions relate to preventing harm to others and the world around me, and my compulsions involve me repeating actions until they have been done on a safe thought or until it “feels right”. As OCD worsens, the more space it takes up- at times I find it difficult to get dressed, go up and down stairs, walk in the street, turn on and off light switches, and type on a computer.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 10:28am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 7

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 7

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different myth and mythbuster about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

Today's myth is perhaps a little reminder to us all. As we have seen from the brave stories being shared this week, even when OCD takes us to a dark place, it is possible that with the right support we can fight back, people can and do recover.

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 7
Myth: OCD can't be cured.
Mythbuster: With good therapy some people can and do recover from OCD to live happy and healthy lives.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 9:30am Read more...

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