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OCD Feature on BBC Radio Leicester

Following recent media coverage about an OCD mocking product (OCD hand sanitiser), Jonathan Lampon of BBC Radio Leicester today took a more indepth look at OCD and spoke to people that have experienced the illness, including our own Ashley Fulwood.

Article posted on: Fri, 22/08/2014 - 4:38pm Read more...

The ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ Project

Some of our East Midland volunteers

Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham earlier this month. The OCD-UK volunteers will also be at tomorrow's Nottingham Carnival and we wish them luck for nice weather and that they enjoy the challenge of talking about OCD and mental health to strangers. It's a challenging but important role, and one all of our volunteers seem to have grown in confidence with throughout the project.

"I am incredibly proud of all of our team of volunteers for having the immense courage to put their experience of OCD and mental health out there in the public domain throughout this project." said our Chief executive, Ashley Fulwood, who went on to say, "Courage is the right word, it really does take courage to be so open to strangers, so I want to thank them and tell them all how proud of them that I am. Additionally I want to thank our project co-ordinator Beth, who really is making this project a reality."

Article posted on: Sat, 16/08/2014 - 5:48pm Read more...

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Thanks

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham supporting OCD-UK

Huge thanks to Tammy, Karl and their colleagues and the customers of the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham for supporting OCD-UK through placement of OCD-UK collection boxes. For those coming to our annual conference in Nottingham later this year we will be including a visit to the Ye Olde Trip as part of our social activity on the Friday and Saturday evening.

Article posted on: Thu, 07/08/2014 - 6:20pm Read more...

‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ project in Leicester

Riverside Festival

On Saturday OCD-UK launched our ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ at Leicester's Riverside Festival. This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend, and the OCD-UK volunteer team had a fantastic response from festival goers.

Click the 'read more' link to take a look at some of the pics and see some of the fun the team had.

Why did we use the 'Little bit OCD' phrase in our project title?

The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD about X’ that seems to be used in everyday conversation is still something that many people with OCD find upsetting and remains a stigmatising barrier to helping those that suffer with this often misunderstood disorder feel that they can be open and talk freely. Click the link to read more about why we chose this project title.

Article posted on: Thu, 12/06/2014 - 10:09am Read more...

My OCD Experience - Sandy

Sandy shares his OCD experience

Article written for the OCD-UK members magazine, Compulsive Reading by Sandy in April 2014.

My OCD Experience

In my battle with OCD, one moment in particular stands out to me. It was a Friday night in March 2012, and I was in the study, playing a Professor Layton game. It might seem like a regular moment, but I remember it fondly. For most people, this day would have been a cause for despair. My OCD had got so severe that I had just dropped out of university. I had just had my first meeting with a psychologist. Even playing a relatively tame video game had taken a huge amount of willpower, as my OCD left very little room in my head for anything else aside from horrible thoughts and unfounded worry. But as I sat there solving puzzles, I suddenly noticed the light at the end of the tunnel, however faint. I don’t know if the tunnel had become unblocked or I had just never noticed the light before, but I caught a fleeting glimpse of it and realised, you know what? I might have a chance of beating this after all.

My OCD took a form known primarily as Pure-O – obsessions without overt compulsions. I never washed hands or checked door locks. In fact my OCD never had “actions” at all.

Article posted on: Mon, 28/04/2014 - 11:20am Read more...

Ian Puleston-Davies talks to the Mirror about his OCD and Corrie

Tough role: Ian worries about TV scenes

Ian Puleston-Davies is best known as tough Coronation Street builder Owen Armstrong but in real life the 55-year-old actor has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder since childhood.

Here Ian, who lives in Cheshire with his partner Sue, their seven-year-old daughter Maggie and two-year-old son Charlie, tells Sue Crawford how the condition has blighted his life but how he’s finally beating it...

Article posted on: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:11pm Read more...

Soap and Water

Soap and Water by Hannah Brennan

Sitting here in the OCD-UK office browsing through our email inboxes we regularly receive blogs and films to review, and just occasionally we receive something which makes us really take notice, and this short film written by Hannah Brennan achieves just that! A very powerful short film that discusses the feelings behind OCD.

Soap and Water is an exploration of OCD from the point of view of two people who have recovered. The film doesn't follow a traditional plot, but follows two unnamed characters, played by Lily Morgan and Rory Barnes, as they explore the emotions, stigma and development of OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 01/04/2014 - 2:59pm Read more...

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