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Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading
It's with great pleasure we confirm the latest issue of our members magazine, Compulsive Reading, and what's more, in addition to the great content.
Watch our 'Understanding OCD' Awareness video.
We hope that our video featuring Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies talking about his own OCD will offer hope and inspiration to the estimated 741,504 children and adults living with OCD here in the UK.
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.
Our annual conference takes place in Nottingham on Fri 31st Oct and Sat 1st Nov
Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2014 we will be hosting our annual conference in the Nottingham on Friday 31st October (health prof) and Saturday 1st November.
Locked is a short OCD film
Locked is a short OCD film, partly based on the OCD experiences of OCD-UK trustee, Claire Gellard and which previously won an award at the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Prenatal and Postnatal OCD
OCD during pregnancy and after having a baby has, until recently, received relatively little research attention, despite being a significant problem that is now thought to affect 2–4% of all new mothers.
Lynsey and Sam running the 2010 British 10K for OCD-UK
OCD-UK is only able to function through the generosity of our members fundraising efforts, so why not get fit, and fundraise for OCD-UK at the same time by participating in a fundraising run in 2013.
Our online OCD support forums.
Our community support discussion forums are a place where we facilitate a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other.
Break Free From OCD - Book Review
The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading CBT experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer that!
Image of upset child
Distressing, upsetting, stressful, debilitating and disabling are all words used to describe how OCD can make someone feel and why the illness is listed amongst the top ten most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
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Welcome to OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Our vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.

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Channel 4 ignoring concerns for ratings?

This week Channel 4 will 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.

Despite widespread concerns being raised by charities and people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder directly with Channel 4’s Chief Executive and disability advisor they have chosen to repeatedly ignore these concerns and continue to commission and broadcast this latest series. With the concerns ignored, we can only assume ratings far more important to Channel 4 than taking on board the concerns raised. Some of the concerns raised about the programme include:

Article posted on: Sun, 05/10/2014 - 3:10pm

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

With OCD Awareness Week fast approaching (13-19th October) we are releasing these great awareness t-shirts. We have 100 available on a first come, first served basis, all we are asking is those wanting a t-shirt make a donation to the charity using the donation form (click the 'read more' link).

The slogans for the t-shirt came from our volunteer team, we thank everyone who helped with feedback for this project.

The focus of this years OCD Awareness Week is changing public perceptions about OCD, one conversation at a time. The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD’ 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. The purpose of OCD Awareness Week is to change this and through our East Midlands project our volunteers have engaged members of the public in conversation sharing their experiences with a view to encouraging them to think differently about the way they perceive both OCD and mental illness in general.

Article posted on: Wed, 01/10/2014 - 6:02pm

Only Connect - BBC2

BBC2 Quiz - Only Connect

During the 8th September 2014 broadcast of Only Connect, Victoria Coren Mitchell, presenter of the BBC 2 quiz show, in our opinion made inappropriate and derogatory remarks about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).

Coren Mitchell said:

‘Hello and welcome to Only Connect; the show that puts the OC into OCD. And if you have OCD you’ll be thinking “But what was it before they put the OC into it? Just D? That doesn’t work.” Any viewers who are concerned that I’m poking fun at a condition I don’t understand, don’t worry, that’s not how we think on this show. To be honest, I’m not really thinking about anything, apart from when I accidently touched the light switch an odd number of times before I left the dressing room. I might have to go back.’

Article posted on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:41am

Newcastle Conference Extracts

With our 2014 OCD Conference fast approaching, we thought we would take a look back on our fantastic 2013 conference which we hosted up in the north east of England last year, in Newcastle. Click the 'read more' link to watch a hour of extracts from our 2013 national OCD conference.

For details and to book tickets for the 2014 OCD-UK Conference, being held in Nottingham, please take a look at our new conference website which was launched last week at

Article posted on: Sat, 06/09/2014 - 10:49pm

Research Participation Opportunity - Hoarding

Hoarding Research - University of Bath
Research by Professor Paul Salkovskis, Dr James Gregory and Dr Claire Lomax from the University of Bath


We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of Compulsive Hoarding.

Compulsive Hoarding has recently been categorised as its own disorder, separate from OCD. With this development, more research is needed to increase our understanding of how the disorder starts and develops over an individuals’ lifetime. When individuals present for treatment, we don’t know whether the difficulties they show are due to the Hoarding problem, or whether they are due to other problems that have developed over the years.

We wish to talk to people who have both had the problem for a relatively short time and those for a relatively long time in an attempt to compare their experiences.

Article posted on: Fri, 29/08/2014 - 3:33pm

The Daily Mirror misuse OCD

Mirror misuse OCD

Obsessive and controlling, two words used today alongside the headline ‘Kate Bush's OCD has inspired her return to spotlight’ by the Daily Mirror.

Whilst we cannot know, nor wish to know if Kate Bush suffers with OCD, the picture painted by the Mirror to describe OCD does nothing to suggest a clinical diagnosis of OCD would be made.  Certainly there is no description of the mentally distressing anguish and anxiety that would accompany a diagnoses of OCD.

Inappropriately using OCD in such a headline is yet another example of poor and irresponsible journalistic writing which paints an unrealistic picture of what OCD is.  

Article posted on: Sat, 23/08/2014 - 3:21pm

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

Development and Validation of the Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire

Please do support Brynjar by taking part in this research
Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath

Seeking reassurance is something we all do; and for a good reason - when someone we trust tells us not to worry we tend to feel better. However, very little is known about the function of reassurance seeking in the context of emotional problems.

For this reason we have developed a new questionnaire – The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire – that we hope will help us to understand better what reassurance seeking does to feelings of anxiety, how people seek reassurance and what motivates them to seek it and its perceived impact on people’s relationships.

We aim to compare reassurance seeking across people experiencing various emotional problems with the aim to explore and compare similarities and differences of the function of reassurance across different groups. It is our hope that increased understanding of reassurance will directly impact on treatment development for emotional problems.

Article posted on: Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:50pm


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