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Awareness Week

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...

It is important that we speak up - Kirstie shares her experiences of OCD

Kirstie and son Blair

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

Today Kirstie @ittywoof bravely shares her recent experiences of OCD and how it's currently imapcting on her.

So the past few weeks have been pretty unkind to my family. Our pet dog suddenly died after a routine medical procedure, we also went through a month long miscarriage and all whilst dealing with a poorly toddler (and our wedding happening 6 weeks later!). It was clear the OCD was going to rear its ugly head. Stress is a huge trigger for OCD.

The running theme through all this was grief and loss. Now for the OCD this is like a red rag to a bull. Especially, considering at the root of my OCD was the fear of losing loved ones. Having no control over any of these scenarios and trying to function on a day to day basis I admit has been a struggle for us a family. Each scenario on there own is something that is often not spoken about.

Often the feelings of shame, embarrassment, not wanting to admit that you're struggling or out of fear that you'll be viewed as a failure stops us from talking about our experiences. However, I think it's important that we speak up and share when we are struggling. It's equally as important as sharing the good times.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 10:58am Read more...

Air Crash - Adam shares his experience of OCD

Adam Shaw

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

Extract taken from the book Pulling the Trigger: OCD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Related Depression written by Adam Shaw of The Shaw Mind Foundatuion.

I had battled severe OCD all my life, OCD plays a big role in all of my earliest childhood memories. Like most OCD sufferers I had learnt to hide it, avoid it, invent rituals to try and negotiate with it so it would leave me alone. I craved a normal mind and a normal life, and I thought I had just about achieved that in my early twenties when my OCD seemed to have calmed down and had therefore enrolled at Oxford Air Training school to train as a commercial airline pilot. Life was beginning to seem normal and as we headed off to Arizona, USA for part of our flight training, I was finally beginning to feel content for the first time in my life.  

In a life dominated by OCD and anxiety I’ve noticed that when things are really going my way and I feel there is nothing getting in my way of reaching my goals, suddenly something kicks in and my mental health issues begin to really knock me back. And so it did in Arizona. One day I passed through reception at the airport, and as I did so I noticed the young receptionist at the desk, a girl I’d seen occasionally before.

I’m going to strangle her,’ I thought.

It came right out of the blue, and no sooner had it done so than it lodged in my brain, gripped tight and wouldn’t let go. The thought horrified me and my anxiety went sky high.

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

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 1

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 1

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 1
Myth: OCD is an enjoyable personality quirk
Mythbuster: People with OCD feel like they HAVE to carry out a compulsion because of distress and anxiety, it is not a choice or a quirk.

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

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