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OCD and Me by Megan

Blog written by 'Megan Burchell' ‏ for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

OCD and Me

People say mental illness is a lonely place. They're right. You're trapped, living in a mist of uncertainty and  sometimes depression. Below the polished surface that is you, lies confusion and pain. I know that's how I felt when I became hostage to the crippling mental illness that is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

I was officially diagnosed with OCD a couple of years ago. I admit I was terrified, and I felt like I was crazy and an embarrassment to my family. I feared no one would take me seriously, and it took a while to be heard. Even today it's still hard. I've endured the disorder for as long as I can remember, however it became more of a problem as I grew up and it began to get out of control, and it was interfering with my everyday life, so I finally found the courage to speak out and ask for help. The earliest memories I have of it was when I was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 11:14am Read more...

OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours for OCD Awareness Week, 14th October 2014.

#OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

In a somewhat blind leading the blind way, I am currently spending one day a week on a CBT placement. For the moment my role mainly involves sitting awkwardly in the corner and trying to nod in the right places whilst maintaining my “I am full of empathy and yet maintaining professional boundaries” face, but in time I’ll be expected to be a little more proactive.

It’s interesting and yet a little unsettling, and it’s certainly making me think about what I want to do with my life. It’s also been an excellent kick up the backside – I can’t sit there as a hypocrite on the other side of the desk if I can’t put into practice what I am preaching. One of my problems is that I know all the theory. I can tell you exactly what I’m meant to do, how I’m meant to challenge the OCD and the ways that I’m supposed to stand up to it, but when it comes to putting it into practice, I just get stuck.

Article posted on: Tue, 14/10/2014 - 10:02am Read more...

OCCleaners - The Times get it, so why not others?

Blog written by 'Ashley Fulwood' 13th October 2014.

Last Sunday in the round up of the week’s TV ahead, The Times published the following.

Left feeling grubby

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4, 8pm) Watching obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers with a cleaning fixation being sent to transform the houses of hoarders is an uncomfortable business for everyone involved. The hoarders are made to feel disgusting and the OCD cleaners are put through mental torture (often physical, too — breaking out in sweats and panic). Then there is the audience, also squirming at the jaunty tone of the programme’s voice-over and the exploitation of people with (in some cases) diagnosed mental-health disorders. It is shameful that this has been given a third series.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:14pm Read more...

Inés OCD Awareness Week Film

Take a moment to watch Ines OCD Awareness Film

Take a look at this fantastic short and very informative film by Inés for OCD Awareness Week, which we are publishing with her kind permission.

Thank you so much to Inés for putting her creative skills to good use to make this brilliant film for OCD Awareness Week.

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

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 4:04pm Read more...

#OCDWeek – Risky Business

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

#OCDweek – Risky Business

There is a risk, however small, that tomorrow I will walk under a bus. There is a risk that I may get Ebola (can you guess what my OCD might be especially keen on at the moment?), that I might cause an accident, that I might hurt someone unintentionally, that I might leave my cooker on and burn down the entire student residence… the list goes on. Every day we take a million tiny decisions and a million tiny risks.

Worse than all of that though is the risk that I choose not to take. There is also the risk that I don’t face up to my OCD and that it ends up consuming my life, my dreams and my future.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 11:32am Read more...

OCD – why do we need to raise awareness?

Blog by mymindoutlined

Blog written by 'My Mind Outlined' ‏@mymindoutlined for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

I have recently looked back over my previous blog posts and there was one in particular that stuck out to me. It was my attempt to summarise why I felt my OCD is so misunderstood, in relation to my own situation and experiences. I have taken the opportunity to update this post for OCD Awareness Week 2014, and to explain why this week is so important to me.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 11:01am Read more...

Rhianna shares her OCD experience

Rhianna shares her experience

To kick-start OCD Awareness Week, we have this fantastic positive article written by Rhianna.

My names Rhianna, I'm 20 years old.

My battle with OCD began at a young age, I remember starting to obsess of protecting my sister when she was born, I was aged 5. I was put through tests and countless assessments for years, I was told I was a nervous wreck and that there was something wrong with me. I do not have a physical form of OCD, I have intrusive thoughts, or pure-o as some call it.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 9:55am Read more...

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