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Awareness Week

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...

One conversation at a time...

Beth

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

Article posted on: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:23pm Read more...

You will never know...

This weekend Charlotte Laycock and Darren Moore are running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in memory of their sister Anne-Marie Moore. Sunday marks the start of OCD Awareness Week, and Charlotte and Darren very poignantly explained why they are running for OCD-UK.

10 years ago we lost our beloved younger sister in a car accident.  Anne-Marie, as those of you who knew her, was a bright, vibrant and energetic spirit with an unforgettable smile.  

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 6:19pm Read more...

Kim and her facing anxiety skydive

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2016.

By a strange quirk of fate, this weekend Kim Grant is jumping out of a plane to fundraise for OCD-UK, the perfect start to OCD Awareness Week! Kim shared with ourselves and her fundraising page exactly why she is getting involved.

For 6 years I suffered in silence and tried my very best to battle against ‘Pure O’, a living nightmare.

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 5:14pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week 2016

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

As recent comments across mainstream media have shown, far too many people still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised. We need to say to them, 'think again!'. We need to tell them that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating condition, which leads to sufferers frequently having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts, rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. That's OCD!

This is exactly why OCD-UK is once again promoting OCD Awareness Week, from 9-15th October, to give people a platform to ensure their voice is heard.

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing the misunderstanding and stigma often caused by the misrepresentation of OCD. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (a US based charity), OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organisations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. This year we are also thrilled to have the support of a new global mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation who have partnered with us for OCD Awareness Week.

Article posted on: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 12:16pm Read more...

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