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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...

Behind a Mind - London

Behind a mind host an OCD event in London

In February of this year, director of the fantastic short OCD film Locked and OCD-UK Trustee Claire Gellard launched a brand new Mental Health project called Behind a Mind, a project funded by The Maudsley Charity and has been designed to raise awareness and understanding of mental health using film, animation and expert talks.

The first feature for a Behind a Mind event was OCD, and took place at the Ortus Centre in London on Monday 10th February which featured first hand OCD presentations:

Article posted on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 1:06pm Read more...

The “Are You A Little Bit OCD?” Project Volunteering

We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based project

This project will give volunteers with first or second hand experience of OCD the opportunity to engage the general public in discussions on how OCD, and associated mental health problems, can impact on those that suffer with the illness. These discussions will take place at events held in public venues across the East Midlands during the next 15 months.

By sharing knowledge gained through personal experience at these events, our volunteer team will help the general public to increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other associated mental health problems, challenging negative stigma, and ultimately reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer. Our volunteer team will also gather important information about public attitudes towards mental health, which will assist future anti-stigma and education projects to target their efforts more effectively.

Article posted on: Wed, 19/03/2014 - 8:15pm Read more...

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