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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Read more about OCD-UK

Research Request: Investigating Morphing Fears within OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has many subtypes, including Mental Contamination, whereby feelings of dirtiness arise with no physical contact with a contaminant.  A lesser known subtype of Mental Contamination are Morphing Fears which are described as acquiring negative characteristics of somebody else. The overall aim of this study is to explore any links between Morphing Fear and Psychotic symptoms in the general population. 

About OCD and Morphing Fears
Morphing Fears are believed to be a rare sub-type of mental contamination within OCD.  It is a fear of physically "morphing" into somebody else by acquiring that persons negative traits.  It's very distressing and disabling for sufferers.  Those who have it tend to avoid making contact with, or even being in the same radius as, the person they feel they can morph into.  This is due to them having a fear that they can become contaminated by them or acquire their unwanted traits that the sufferer views as "undesirable".  Sufferers believe this can occur through physical contact and/or mentality.  

Not much is known about Morphing Fears but researchers are now in the midst of exploring it further, including the phenomena itself, how it can develop, how it can be treated and how it can be misdiagnosed as other mental illnesses.  What is known however, is that children can have Morphing Fears as well as adults although, it is more common in adults.  Research currently being conducted will increase the awareness of Morphing Fears and contribute to a deeper understanding about it.   Importantly, this will make professionals more aware of it, leading to a correct diagnosis and therefore, encouraging correct treatment plans to be sought. 

To take part in the study please click the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 4:50pm Read more...

Research Request: Do you live with someone who has OCD, or have OCD yourself?  

Trainee Clinical Psychologists Paul Watson and Jade Ingram, from Newcastle University are looking for people with OCD and their family members to take part in an online research study about why family members of people with OCD help out their relatives with their OCD behaviours (sometimes called ‘accommodation’). They are looking for people aged 18 or over to participate. 

Family members may help out their relatives with OCD in a number of ways including taking part in rituals and compulsions, helping relatives to avoid their OCD triggers and providing reassurance about OCD fears and beliefs. Research has found that it is very common for relatives of those with OCD to help out with their relative’s symptoms.

Paul and Jade are interested to find out more about your experiences of this helping behaviour and hope that this project will help us to understand more about family accommodation in OCD. It will help develop and contribute to further research into the assessment and treatment of OCD.

We are very keen to understand more from the perspectives of both those with OCD and their family members. Further details are provided within our study about how you can also invite your relative to take part.

For more information and to take part in the study, please click on the read more link.

Article posted on: Mon, 03/07/2017 - 4:03pm Read more...

June Compulsive Reading magazine

The latest 48-page OCD-UK magazine, Compulsive Reading is on its way to OCD-UK members, and it's not too late to become a member to receive your copy! The magazine provides a great mix of community content, OCD related news and personal stories including exclusive content not published online. You may take a closer look at one of our previous magazines by downloading a previous issue free of charge.

So if you're not already a member, now is a great time to become a member of OCD-UK to be sent a copy of the bumper 48-page June magazine! To receive copies of this and other magazines, in addition to receiving lots of other member benefits all you need to do is become a member of OCD-UK. Please join our community, and support our charity by becoming a member, please click here to become a member.

 

Article posted on: Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:10pm Read more...

Draw my Life by Littlest Lady

We are delighted to share this fantastic short video by @LittlestLady_, the Blogger, survivor and mental health & abuse advocate. This film is both heartbreaking and heart-warming at the same time, but is fabulously inspiring, this is the story of one little lady.

 

 

Article posted on: Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:36am Read more...

Our approach when dealing with the media

In a day and age where social-media is so widely used, for TV production companies wanting to recruit participants with OCD for their programmes it’s no longer necessary to come through charities like OCD-UK or approach the national OCD treatment clinics. 

That in itself is not necessarily a problem where a production is ethically sound, but for the community of people with lived experience of OCD on social-media this can be problematic when questionable or even unethical media recruitment approaches are used.  

Article posted on: Wed, 10/05/2017 - 2:12pm Read more...

Frustratingly, disappointingly Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

Frustratingly, disappointingly but not unsurprisingly Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is back on screens for another series which started broadcasting last night. OCD-UK condemn Channel 4 for seemingly putting profits and viewing figures above adding to stigmatic misrepresentation of OCD, not to mention arguably above ethics in the how they appear to be 'using' OCD to sell this programme about cleaning. We shared that opinion with Channel 4 and publically before the first episode aired back in 2013, we were a lone voice back then and we seemingly continue to be today, but we believe we have a duty to represent you, people with lived experience of OCD.

OCD-UK are not shy about being publically critical of Channel 4 for this programme, our social media followers are not either, and these are some of the views shared on our social media last night:

Article posted on: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 2:46pm Read more...

LIVE webinar with Prof Salkovskis - Tue 9th May

Last month we launched our inaugural LIVE webinar with Canadian OCD specialist Professor Adam Radomsky, which received fantastic feedback and reviews.

Our online webinars use modern technology to bring international OCD specialists and people affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) together. The webinar is open to anybody with an interest in learning more about OCD, all you need is a good internet connection to watch and listen to the webinar straight from your internet browser on your computer or via an app on mobile devices.

Our second live webinar will take place from 6pm on Tuesday 9th May with OCD specialist Professor Paul Salkovskis.

The webinars will offer people affected by OCD the opportunity to learn from these specialists and even the ability to ask questions. We had over 60 people register for our inaugural webinar, our audience included people with OCD, family members and health professionals.

Access is once again completely free of charge for OCD-UK members, but there is a small nominal charge of just £5 for non-members. Due to limited space members still need to register to reserve their spot, but will not be charged. To register and for further details please visit the webinar website at: http://www.ocdwebinar.org

Article posted on: Wed, 12/04/2017 - 7:21pm Read more...

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