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

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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...

My OCD Awareness Week - Blog by Claire

Claire at an OCD event earlier this year.

Last week was OCD Awareness Week, and OCD-UK were proud to be proactive in our work to generate media interest. In the end over the last 10-days OCD was featured across national newspapers, local and national radio and TV too. In fact according to our calculations the work we helped generate had the potential to reach 14.3 million people last week. Claire shares her experiences of being involved.

Blog written by 'Claire', October 2015.

My OCD Awareness Week

I consider myself very lucky to be involved with OCD-UK. I've had OCD since before I knew it was even a thing, and since I stumbled across the support forum in 2011, I've felt part of a community who understands. We just 'get' it. We don't have to explain anything.

Having said that, I hadn't taken part in Awareness Week until this year. Initially I was still nervous about speaking out in public. I'd suffered in silence for the best part of 25 years, so opening up about it didn't come naturally to me.

If my OCD recovery journey has taught me anything though, it's that the reality of a situation is generally a lot less terrifying than the worry I invest in it! For this reason now, if I'm asked to do something in the name of OCD awareness, I generally say "yeah ok!" I know that I'll be supported by the OCD-UK team. Don't get me wrong, after the "yeah, ok!" often comes the "what have I just agreed to?!" but it's good for me to challenge myself in this way.

Article posted on: Mon, 19/10/2015 - 7:58pm Read more...

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Following a feature about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on today's ITV 'Good Morning Britain' programme we share the concerns expressed by many about the way Good Morning Britain portrayed the illness, and may have done significant awareness damage by adding to the misconceptions that OCD is a simple quirk that people choose to be helpful. In fact, the way Good Morning Britain portrayed OCD today is the public perception of OCD that we hoped OCD Awareness Week would challenge and change.

Article posted on: Tue, 13/10/2015 - 12:09pm Read more...

Ride4OCD - Thank you Paul

Ashley and Paul at their journey's end

During the last three weeks (August 2015) the OCD-UK team toured the British Isles by cycling from John o’Groats to Land’s End for a project called Ride4OCD.  During those 1200 miles we met many people with OCD, we spoke to sufferers and to family members, we delivered events from Liverpool to Truro attended by over 100 people, we went into the BBC Radio Cornwall studios to talk to them about OCD and conducted other media interviews whilst riding.

Article posted on: Mon, 31/08/2015 - 11:16am Read more...

Share your OCD story for Ride4OCD

We are looking for Media Volunteers from across the UK to support the charities media coverage during our Ride4OCD fundraiser this August.

Chief executive Ashley Fulwood, charity patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and OCD-UK member Dr Lisa Marnell will cycle 1250 miles from John o'Groats to Lands End, through Scotland, England and Wales, in aid of the charity, raising funds and awareness. Information about the route and the areas they will be cycling through can be found at http://www.ride4ocd.org/route/.

Media Volunteers must have first-hand experience of OCD, as a sufferer or ex-sufferer, and need to feel comfortable talking to journalists either for newspaper features or radio interviews. Sharing your story will help raise awareness about this debilitating illness and educate people about what OCD is really like. It will also help thousands of OCD sufferers by letting them know that they are not alone and that they can get help.

If you are interested in getting involved in this opportunity then please contact our volunteer coordinator Beth Hemus on beth@ocduk.org or by calling her 07748 175 753. (Beth only works Monday-Wednesday so may not be able to respond outside of those working days).

Article posted on: Wed, 08/07/2015 - 12:22pm Read more...

South West volunteers needed during May

Volunteers needed for awareness raising events to be held in partnership with South West Trains during May 2015.

South West trains recognise the importance of championing mental health and, as such, have asked OCD-UK, along with other mental health charities to attend several events they are running for Mental health Awareness Week (11th – 17th May 2015).

We need volunteer support for these events (click read more for the dates). We will be talking to the general public about OCD, challenging any stigmatic attitudes we experience and offering information, advice and guidance where necessary. We will be gifting freebies to incentivise our conversations and fundraising too, so there are lots of different ways you can get involved. Volunteers must be able to travel and over 16. So if you can attend one, or more of these events please do get in touch!

Article posted on: Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:58pm Read more...

Ride4OCD 2015 - OCD Awareness from Scotland to Cornwall

Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013

In August, OCD-UK’s Ashley Fulwood, patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and member Dr Lisa Marnell will Ride4OCD. They will cycle 1250 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE), through Scotland, England and Wales, across different regions of the British Isles to raise awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder whilst fundraising for OCD-UK and offering support opportunities for people with OCD along their route.

This year, unlike in 2013 they will also look to host a series of OCD events some evenings during the mammoth 19-day and 1250 mile cycle ride. Full details of events will be available later in the year, but why not take a look at their proposed route to see if they will be cycling near you.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 7:45pm Read more...

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