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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...

Open letter to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner advertisers

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because Channel 4 flatly refuse to actually hear the feedback and concerns raised by multiple charities and sufferers alike we have decided to approach those companies that promote and advertise their products during each episode of this series. The following open letter will be sent to each company encouraging them to review their advertising strategy with Channel 4.

Article posted on: Tue, 07/10/2014 - 9:00pm Read more...

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...

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