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Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 6

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 6

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 6
The average age for OCD onset is early twenties in women and late adolescence in men, but can affect children as young as 6 or 7.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 2:10pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 6

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 6

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.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 6
Myth: People with OCD wash their hands a lot.
Mythbuster: Compulsive hand washing is only one type of OCD symptom and that only impacts on about 26.5% of people with OCD. There are many other less visible OCD symptoms that equally cause great distress.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 1:30pm Read more...

When OCD and Rules collide

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 story is being published anonymously and was written by a member of the OCD-UK forums. Today's experience illustrates the difficulty that we can sometimes face in getting the diagnosis of OCD and the impact that OCD can have on loved ones.

I am 36 and I got properly diagnosed with OCD earlier this year. But when I think back, there were signs at a much earlier age.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 1:05pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 5

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 5

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 5
Without treatment, OCD can severely impact on a person's education, career and relationships. Statistically you’re more likely to be single and unemployed if you have OCD.

Article posted on: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 2:20pm Read more...

My experience of Postpartum OCD

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 story is being published anonymously, and is an incredibly well-written account of one woman's experience of dealing with OCD after having a baby. This is her story...

It's OCD awareness week and OCD is one of the most misunderstood illnesses on the planet. The world health organisation rates OCD as one of the ten most debilitating illnesses in existence and yet still it is under diagnosed or once diagnosed access to specialised treatment is limited. As someone who has had OCD for many years, mostly high functioning  I feel a responsibility to own my OCD experience to help spread awareness when and however I can. My dream is more research, awareness, understanding and more OCD specialised CBT and ERP therapists. My dream is also that every Midwife in the country will be aware of postpartum OCD and then the tendency for it to be misconstrued as postnatal depression will also reduce. 

So here goes...

Imagine this perfect scenario - my husband and my friends husband are playing cricket, in a Sussex village, kitted in whites, the full nine yards, it's summer, were in a grassy field and my friend and I sit atop a cliché gingham blanket with our relatively new born babies. Around 12weeks ish...... The babies were born the same day in fact but that's irrelevant. 

Article posted on: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 10:10am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 5

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 5

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.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 5
Myth: OCD has no impact on quality of life.
Mythbuster: Anxiety or distress and interference with a person's normal routine is necessary for a diagnosis of OCD. (Hence, the D for Disorder in OCD).

Article posted on: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 9:35am Read more...

Chloe - OCD, hospital and hope

Chloe

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

For OCD Awareness Week Chloe Brazener shares her difficult experience of OCD and how far she's come in that time...

OCD is a widely misunderstood and debilitating mental health condition that has a devastating impact both on the lives of sufferers and their families. OCD is often misconstrued with symptoms including being neat and tidy or repeated hand washing, but there is far more to this condition.

First, let's debunk the myth that it is about having all your possessions neatly ordered in a certain way. Many sufferers of OCD in fact experience disturbing and distressing thoughts that they are responsible for situations or events beyond their control. For instance, a sufferer may worry that if they do not repeatedly count to ten and back something bad may happen to a loved one.

My experience of OCD began around the time I was in sixth-form studying for my A Levels. I remember a teacher held a piece of my work up to the class and praised me on how beautifully presented it was. As a shy and quiet individual I felt my heart bursting with pride at the attention my work was being given. However, I was unaware of how damaging this was to my education and mental health. Over time, there were occasions in which I could not hand in pieces of coursework because I was convinced that I must repeatedly rewrite all of my work until it was "perfect", anything less was not enough.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 7:08pm Read more...

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