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January 2017

This page provides a month-by-month list of the latest and archived news stories published on our website.

Living with me and my OCD

Good luck to Claire Watkinson who premieres her brilliant documentary 'Living with me and my OCD' this Saturday in Sheffield. The documentary was five years in the making, and includes interviews with OCD sufferers from around the world and is well worth watching.

For those not lucky enough to be able to get a ticket for the premiere in Sheffield, there will also be a live feed via her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LivingWithMeAndMyOcd/

Huge congratulations to Claire and everyone who contributed to her film. The rewards are there to see in the final edit, and everyone should be very proud of their contributions.

Article posted on: Tue, 31/01/2017 - 2:21pm Read more...

A little bit OCD - Short film by Kiran Wallace

Briefed with creating a social action project, Brighton media student Kiran Wallace created this video about the misconceptions of OCD.

Featuring OCD-UK volunteer Claire Goldenberg, facilitator of the Worthing OCD support group, Kiran does a fantastic job in this short 5 minute film of separating OCD from the online misconceptions of 'A little bit OCD'. So next time you see OCD trivialised online, perhaps encourage that person to watch this film, it may just help them understand. Click 'read more' to watch the film.

Article posted on: Fri, 27/01/2017 - 5:43pm Read more...

OCD-UK opens its first office!

The exterior of our new office

Some of our long-term supporters will have watched our charity grow from humble beginnings to where we are today, to the outside world viewing our extensive website, a large professional organisation.

But whilst we are professional, we’re still surviving on a relatively meagre income and for the last 12-years OCD-UK has been based and operated from the spare bedrooms, living rooms, and even garages of our two members of staff and volunteer trustees.

Whilst this has been sustainable and the charity achieved great things in this operational mode, it can and does have its limitations. In order to ensure OCD-UK can develop and make better use of staff and volunteer interaction we recognised that the way forward is open an office.

We will continue to make good use of virtual technology and continue to work with volunteers across the entire country, but having a central location for staff and for volunteers who only wish to work on location was the next step for the charity’s professional development.

A small, modest but modern office has been found in Derby with superb onsite facilities including free access to onsite meeting rooms, hi-speed internet access and visitor parking. The building also includes its own café and in time an onsite nursery.

Article posted on: Tue, 24/01/2017 - 11:42am Read more...

Research Project: Development of questionnaires to assess health beliefs in OCD

Do you have a diagnosis of OCD?

Friend of OCD-UK, Rebecca Pedley is looking for your help. She is looking for people with OCD (age 16+) to take part in a research study about how people understand OCD, she explains why below:

We are looking for people with OCD (age 16+) to take part in a research study about how people understand their mental health problem. We think this is important because research has shown that our understanding of health problems can affect how we cope with that condition.

We hope that the findings will inform us about ways of managing OCD that may help sufferers to cope better.

For more information about taking part visit this link: http://sites.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/projects/16nw0050/

Alternatively, to request a postal pack or to discuss any aspect of the study, contact Rebecca Pedley who is undertaking this research as part of her PhD project.

Article posted on: Fri, 13/01/2017 - 2:00pm Read more...

Happy New Year

This article first appeared on the OCD-UK forums on Saturday 31st December 2016.

A new year beckons and with that will come new challenges for us all, professional, personal and undoubtedly OCD.  My message for you all in 2017 is 'do something', please don't just sit back and wait for recovery to happen, get out there in 2017 and make recovery happen.  Do something, do anything that might help improve your chances of recovery.  Ok, you may not end up where you want to be, but sitting back and doing nothing 100% guarantees failure and more OCD, at least doing 'something' offers the opportunity for success and OCD recovery.    That 'something' may be to reach out for more therapy, re-reading a self-help book, or creating a list of 12 OCD challenges (one a month).

There will never be a perfect time to tackle OCD, and we have all been guilty of making excuses why we can't challenge our OCD, myself included. We are busy with work, I have too much stress in my life already, I have exams to study for etc, etc, but let's be clear they are all excuses!  The perfect time will never come if we wait for it.  I think this quote from the late Carrie Fisher is the perfect response...

Article posted on: Tue, 03/01/2017 - 12:30pm Read more...

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