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OCD awareness news

Racing 100 miles for anyone whose ever been a slave to their mind

Stuart Ralph cycling for OCD-UK

The #TourdeFrance may be over but there's still more cycling to come next weekend in London and Surrey when some of our intrepid #FantasticFundraisers look to cycle 100 miles in less than 8.5 hours. One of those taking part is Stuart Ralph (pictured) who told us why he is riding for OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:49pm Read more...

New OCD-UK Logo

New OCD-UK Logo

Say hello to our new logo, and let us explain the reasoning behind our logo change.

One of our objectives is to raise awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through effective and accurate awareness campaigns. In recent years we have seen the OCD acronym and 'meaning' hijacked to suggest a person who is pernickety and fussy. During the next few years we want to focus some of our awareness projects to change the perception that everyone is a ‘little OCD’, highlight the D in OCD and ensure the general public understand that the D in OCD stands for Disorder, hence our new logo.

Article posted on: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 4:13pm Read more...

This Old Ghost

Take a look at this fantastic short animated film 'This Old Ghost'. 'This Old Ghost' was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd and is a collaboration between James, Liz Smith and the website 'The Secret Illness'.

James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood, he provided the voiceover for the animation. The animation itself was created by filmmaker Liz Smith.

The Secret Illness is a project developed to explore the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts. A fantastic concept and one in which OCD-UK fully support. The Secret Illness interviewed James about this piece which you can read on their website at: https://thesecretillness.com/2016/05/16/this-old-ghost/

Click the 'read more' link to watch the animation.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 2:40pm Read more...

Book Review: Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought

Lily pictured with a copy of her book.

'Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought' is a new book about one young lady's experiences of growing up with OCD. The book was published last week, so we sent a review copy to one of our members, James Lloyd, and this is his review.

Book review by James Lloyd
Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
by Lily Bailey. Published by Canbury Press, Hardback, £14.99

The next time someone tells you that they’re “a little bit OCD”, give them a copy of this book. Because We Are Bad is a moving, searingly honest account of what it’s really like to live with OCD. Lily takes us back to her early experiences of the illness, describing how it took root inside her mind and evolved into a monster.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:46pm Read more...

The Chase: Celebrity Special - Donation from the actor Mikey North

The actor Mikey North (pictured on the right), who plays Coronation Street's Gary Windass, appeared on this evenings The Chase: Celebrity Special on ITV alongside three other participating celebs, The Saturdays Una Healey, Boxing Champ Carl Froch and TV Presenter Alison Hammond.

Mike was joined in the final round by Carl Froch but unfortunately the boys were caught by the chaser and fell slightly short of the jackpot. But we are delighted to report that OCD-UK was nominated by Mikey to receive his £1000 charity donation.

Article posted on: Sun, 01/05/2016 - 7:54pm Read more...

2016 Diary Dates

Over the last couple of weeks we have had a few emails enquiring about some of our event days for 2016, so grab your diary and jot down these dates:

OCD Awareness Week - like always will take place during the second full week of October, so this year will be 9th-15th October 2016.
Annual OCD Conference - we are still finalising our plans, however will again take place on a Saturday in late October or early November, details to be confirmed soon.

And for those who want to get active by participating in a fundraising event, we have guaranteed places available for the following events, where we are also seeking volunteers to come along and cheer on our fantastic fund-raisers:

Article posted on: Sun, 14/02/2016 - 2:46pm Read more...

OCD – The Monster Under The Bed - Blog by Abby Williams

Abby

Blog written for and first published on BAM Magazine for OCD Awareness Week by Abby Williams (forum name Saffie), October 2015. Republished by OCD-UK with kind permission of Abby and BAM magazine.

OCD – The Monster Under The Bed
By Abby Williams

AS OCD Awareness Week draws to a close today [Saturday October 17], UK charities such as OCD-UK are rallying to highlight the disorder that affects around 2.3% of the world’s population.

Rated within the top ten of the world’s most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation (WHO), startling statistics show that less than 10% of those affected are receiving appropriate treatment. Even more worrying are the persistent public perceptions of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which minimalise its severity and alienate sufferers.

“I’m so OCD!” is a phrase we commonly hear from people who like to categorise their tinned foods in a certain way or insist on keeping a clean house, and television shows such as ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ depict a cringe-worthy distortion of the illness. The key difference between these examples and really dealing with OCD is that if you enjoy these compulsions, it certainly isn’t OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 20/10/2015 - 10:10am Read more...

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