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Awareness Week

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...

I am in recovery from a form of OCD known commonly across the internet as Pure O

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

Today, one OCD-UK volunteer shares her fascinating story and experience of living with OCD, this is her story....

Few things irritate me more than the phrase ‘I’m a bit OCD about…’ – OCD is not an adjective, it is not a mildly amusing quirk AND it is not about being ‘into cleaning’ as is sooo often assumed …. I was diagnosed with acute OCD back in 2007 and I have never ever stood switching a light on and off or scrubbed my work surfaces - you should see my house! I am in recovery from a form of OCD known commonly across the internet as Pure O. The name always make me smile as it sound a bit like an illegal drug that might have been sold at raves in the early 90’s. It is so-called Pure O as it is characterised primarily by obsessional irrational thinking. The title indicates that there are no compulsions but that is not the case – it’s just that the compulsions are  often more hidden, internal and less obvious to the outside world. For this reason it can go years without diagnosis and looking back I had indicators of the OCD for years (I had always had a tendency to told onto negative thoughts and doubt) but when it really kicked off in 2006 there was no hiding! So here is my story….

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

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 2

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 2

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 2
People who have OCD intrusive thoughts of a harmful nature are not dangerous.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:00pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 2

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 2

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 2
Myth: Having OCD can be a useful thing
Mythbuster: OCD is a debilitating mental illness and prevents sufferers from living life as they choose, nothing about that is useful.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:00am Read more...

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