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Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week and behind the scenes we have been working hard to generate media interest and with ‘that’ Channel 4 programme being broadcast again this week it’s vital that we fight back and start to tell the world the realities of living with OCD.   For this reason we have created a one-page website to explain how OCD is different to how the majority perceive it . The new websites was designed to educate readers frame-by-frame to show the reader #ThatsOCD   The link to the website is http://www.thatsocd.info Please do post the link across your social media profile pages, lets spread the word about OCD Awareness Week, let's change perceptions!  There are lots of other ways you can get involved too, check out our website: http://www.ocduk.org/ocd-awareness-week-2014

Our patron Ian Puleston-Davies was interviewed about his OCD for this Telegraph feature for OCD Awareness Week, click here to check out the article with Ian.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 9:42am Read more...

Ian Puleston-Davies talks OCD on the ITV Lorraine programme

Ian Puleston-Davies shares his OCD experience on the ITV1 Lorraine show

During last week's OCD Awareness Week, our patron, the writer and actor, Ian Puleston-Davies joined others with OCD by speaking openly and candidly about his OCD on the ITV1 Lorraine programme (Thursday 17th October). The feature is viewable to watch on the ITV website by clicking the link below.

View Ian's feature on the ITV1 Lorraine show.

Article posted on: Sun, 20/10/2013 - 6:26pm Read more...

Cadfael cast support OCD Awareness Week

The cast of Cadfael "The Virgin In The Ice" showing their support for OCD Week.

The cast of Cadfael "The Virgin In The Ice" were showing their support for OCD Awareness Week on stage after Tuesday's performance at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre.

Drew Rhys Williams who plays Brother Lyas in the production told us "My wife has suffered from OCD for many years and I have seen how debilitating, controlling and frustrating it can be."

The stars of Cadfael "The Virgin In The Ice" include Richard Walsh (best known for his 15 years playing Albert “Sicknote” Quigley on London’s Burning) as Brother Cadfael, with Peter Ellis (18 years on The Bill), Stephen Beckett (Coronation Street/The Bill) and Rupert Baker (London’s Burning) leading a full cast of fifteen, and all the cast of Cadfael were proud to support OCD-UK's Awareness Week last night. 

Article posted on: Wed, 16/10/2013 - 6:39pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week Blog

Blog written by 'MillwallAnt', 15th October 2013.

I posted a photo yesterday of myself holding the OCD Awareness Week placard.

Here is a selection of the comments I got. ‘The sign isn’t straight.’ ‘You’re obsessed.’ ‘How many goes did it take to get the photo right?’ ‘Shouldn’t it say CDO?’

Now imagine for a moment It was Breast Cancer Awareness Week and I posted a picture of myself wearing a pink ribbon in support. How many comments would I have received that said ‘How many double mastectomy patients does it take to change a lightbulb?’ or ‘A Priest, a Rabbi and a cancer suffer walk into a bar….;

Article posted on: Tue, 15/10/2013 - 2:04pm Read more...

OCD article in The Sun today

This morning, The Sun newspaper published an article about OCD with the headline 'We’re Obsessed, 44% of Brits are victims of OCD, survey reveals’, the article also claimed ‘The survey by the charity OCD UK’, neither of which are actually accurate.

We want to clarify that the survey the Sun refer to was not commissioned by OCD-UK,  and in fact was conducted by a marketing company on behalf of a private healthcare company.  We were aware of the survey and the Sun article over the weekend, we verbally and in email supplied the reporter with the following information:

Article posted on: Mon, 14/10/2013 - 1:21pm Read more...

OCD and Me by Josh

OCD and Me - Lets Change Perceptions

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.

Today, 15-year-old Josh sent us his video and his experiences of beating OCD!

Click the 'read more' link to view the video.

Article posted on: Mon, 30/09/2013 - 3:21pm Read more...

OCD and Me

Click the video below to watch Claire explain our project.

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).

Article posted on: Mon, 15/07/2013 - 12:09am Read more...

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