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Awareness Week

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...

Misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media. OCD Awareness Week discussion

As part of OCD Awareness Week we want to highlight the misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media and welcome your comments and feedback.

This is not a discussion about whether or not we 'should be' offended but rather an opportunity to give honest accounts of how the chosen media topics might make those affected by OCD feel.  Should the media play a bigger role in ensuring they take more responsibility not to add to stereo-types and misconceptions?

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 5:24pm Read more...

Eva - I am strong and you are too

Eva

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

"I am strong and you are too" says Eva.

Today 10-year-old Eva sent us this fantastic short video where she talks about her own struggles with OCD. We all know it takes such courage to open up about our OCD, so for Eva to do so on film for us all to see is a fantastic achievement. Please all do watch and admire her bravery and determination to challenge her OCD. We're incredibly proud of Eva and wish her the very best with her therapy.

To view the video please click the 'read more' link.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 2:12pm Read more...

Imagine

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

Today Connie @connectoutsider - The Connected Outsider wrote this fantastic piece that perfectly illustrates our efforts during OCD Awareness Week to help people understand the impact of OCD.

Imagine having a health condition that kept you confined to your home.

Imagine that it stopped you from being around people.

Imagine a condition that kept you tied to constant rituals and exhausted you both mentally and physically.

Imagine it kept you awake at night and prevented you from working.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 1:11pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 1

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 1

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 1
An estimated 1.2% of the UK population have OCD, that’s about 780,000 people (1.6% in the US).

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 12:00pm Read more...

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