This year’s OCD Awareness Week takes place between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th October 2013, and this year's theme, 'OCD and Me' aims to highlight individuals unique experiences of OCD to improve understanding about the many different types of OCD that people with OCD suffer. We also want to highlight the daily struggles with the illness in an attempt to challenge trivialising misconceptions and stigma that currently surrounds OCD.
Unfortunately, whilst the terms 'he/she is a bit OCD' or 'I'm really OCD about that' are being used in everyday vocabulary, usually simply to describe people who may be a little fastidious about a particular task, the terms are rarely used to actually describe OCD, which is a crippling mental health problem that severely impacts on the functioning and quality of life of those children and adults that suffer with OCD.
We want to show that OCD exists in many forms, from serious disabling and debilitating contamination fears, through to horrific and graphic intrusive thoughts which plague us.
As part of our plans for this years OCD Awareness Week we are launching a new project called 'OCD and Me' to give those of us with OCD an opportunity to tell others what it really means to live with the illness. We want to create a 'Compulsive Viewing' collection of video messages from people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder explaining what their OCD means to them.
Let Claire explain a little bit more about what we are looking for (click the 'read more' link to view her video).