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It seems that in 2014, with 24 hour news, entertainment and social media; that we are to be bombarded constantly with information.
Well they say knowledge is power, so this should be a good thing right? Well not always. This week for example, I have been made aware of the following VITAL facts.
Obviously our lives are significantly enhanced with this knowledge on board. For some of us with slightly more serious things on our minds, we’d have liked the public to have been exposed to a few of these facts as well.
• OCD can be so debilitating and disabling that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind. This is in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life.
• The illness affects as many as 12 in every 1000 people (1.2% of the population).
• Based on current estimates for the UK population, there are potentially around 750,000 people living with OCD at any one time.
• A disproportionately high number, 50% of all these cases, will fall into the severe category, with less than a quarter being classed as mild cases.
• There is a key difference that segregates little quirks, often referred to by people as being ‘a bit OCD’, from the actual disorder. This is when the distressing and unwanted experience of obsessions and compulsions impacts to a significant level upon a person’s everyday functioning.
• To sufferers and non-sufferers alike, the thoughts and fears related to OCD can often seem profoundly shocking.
• It must be stressed, however, that they are just thoughts – not fantasies or impulses which will be acted upon.
• Most people with OCD know that their thoughts and behaviour are irrational and senseless, but feel completely incapable of stopping them, often from fear that not completing a particular behaviour will cause harm to a loved one.
• Most people can learn to stop performing their compulsive rituals and to decrease the intensity of their obsessional thoughts through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
• Very few sufferers are comfortable making their condition public. Many will not even have sought help or been diagnosed yet.
• In my opinion a high % of the people who regularly say ‘I’m a bit OCD’ probably aren’t. Sufferers are experts at hiding or putting off compulsions to keep their OCD a secret.
If only there was an awareness week to get this information out there… …Oh, there is! It’s this week, so please share this with your friends…they can read it in the advert breaks of the X-Factor!
See http://www.thatsocd.info/ for more information.