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Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 4

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 4

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 4
In addition to the sufferer, loved ones are often inadvertently involved in compulsive rituals, putting pressure and demands on their lives too.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 2:10pm Read more...

The Affliction of Addiction

Gabe

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

Today, OCD-UK volunteer Gabe shares his very honest and candid experience of OCD and alcohol abuse, this is his story....

As a child I was often described as a worrier. I suffered from, what I now recognise as obsessions, from a very early age, and I can recall being troubled for extended periods of time about nuclear war and AIDS. The latter particularly following the 'Don't Die of Ignorance'.campaign in 1987. I was eight years old at the time and learned everything I could about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). During my teenage years I developed an obsession about having a heart attack (cardiophobia) and used to check my pulse regularly, much to the amusement of my friends. That was possibly the only physical compulsion I have ever had.

My first experiences with alcohol was during my early teens. I remember drinking cider in a park and all my anxiety just melted away, leaving me with blissful sensations of serenity, confidence and joy. At the tender age of fifteen I was drinking every weekend, often passing out at gigs and parties and, emboldened by the drink, getting myself into mischief. By the age of nineteen I'd left home to go to university and was drinking pretty much every night of the week. Looking back, I think I was dependent upon alcohol by the age of twenty and used to suffer panic attacks when I tried to sober up. Though I hadn't been formerly diagnosed, I wrote a poem at university about my hangovers. It was entitled Alcoholic Insanity and included the recurring verse 'am I going insane?' It ended 'I must be insane, because the [alcoholic] cycle starts again!'

It wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I was diagnosed as having OCD, after I was referred to see a psychologist by an alcohol counsellor who had suggested my drink problem might be attributable to an anxiety disorder. As I'm sure you can appreciate, those were dark days. Each morning I'd wake up not just with the physical symptoms of a hangover, with which most people will be familiar, but feeling extremely anxious. In fact my anxiety became so bad that I started making appointments to see my GP in an effort to get prescriptions for tranquillisers, which is what led to my referral to the counsellor in the first place.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 11:18am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 4

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 4

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 4
Myth: It's ok to joke about OCD
Mythbuster: There's nothing funny about the distress, anxiety or fear that OCD causes.

Article posted on: Wed, 12/10/2016 - 9:35am Read more...

Be OCD Aware

Rachel

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

We were delighted to receive this article that Rachel prepared for her work press, and she's subsequently told us that she's already had someone at work contact her with their OCD 'story'. Fantastic Rachel, well done. This is Rachel's article.

As an OCD sufferer, I have struggled for years to deal with how this mental illness affects me, and found it difficult to develop coping mechanisms when I sense that ‘things’ aren’t going very well. In a move which inadvertently exacerbates my condition, I have tended to turn introvert in desperation to blot out the underlying roots of the problem. It is after years of soul-searching and in-depth self-analysis that I realise a significant part of my frustration lies within the lack of understanding of the illness itself, and the inaccurate portrayal of an often-debilitating mental disease in the public eye. My two aims of late are quite simply:

  • To help dispel the myths surrounding this illness
  • To share with and learn from, others, our experiences and coping mechanisms
Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 3:35pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 3

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 3

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 3
The World Health Organisation included OCD in the top ten most debilitating illnesses in terms of loss of income and quality of life.

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 2:50pm Read more...

OCD - The consequences and impact on our life

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, one OCD-UK member shares her fascinating story and experience of living with OCD. This is a story that describes more than OCD, it's a story that shows the consequences on life beyond the confines of OCD. The writer told us she wanted to show a full picture of life at home and work, and the help offered through NHS - the good, the bad and the ugly - and finally success. This is her story, along with her tips for you...

I have suffered from OCD since childhood, it seemed to disappear during my teens, however it really started to affect my life during my early 20’s. It was contamination OCD.  My parents were contaminated, some other members of my family were contaminated and various other things would be categorised as contaminated or contaminants - the ability to contaminate me / my house, my loved ones. all mainly illogical thoughts in my head.

Over a period of 10 years my husband and I lived with the OCD, gradually growing and effecting our lives. It began with small things, a cup or two would become contaminated so it was easier to throw them away and replace them. What harm was it really - it was easier to avoid the stress and just get rid of it. Then clothes would become contaminated and I couldn’t touch them anymore. Then places we visited would become contaminated so we could no longer visit that restaurant or pub or friends house.  In a very short time we found we had numerous places we couldn't visit, people we couldn't see, items and rooms in our home we couldn't touch. We had spent hundreds of pounds replacing things and  our budget for cleaning products was beginning to spiral as I washed, wiped, bleached everything relentlessly - including my hands. 

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 11:12am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 3

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 3

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 3
Myth: Everybody has a bit of OCD
Mythbuster: Only 1-2% of people have OCD but due to misrepresentation by the media it is regularly confused with people liking things a certain way.

Article posted on: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 9:46am Read more...

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