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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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

The silent battle

Earlier this year we launched our poetry project asking people affected by OCD to use the art of poetry to describe how OCD makes them feel. This brilliant example is Joelle's poem.

The Silent Battle
Alone at midnight, in the silence
Thoughts penetrating my mind.
The 'Sequence' begins. I run through it
Restlessly. and yes, i have emerged a victor

Article posted on: Mon, 12/05/2014 - 5:26pm

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

Inspired by the London Marathon?

OCD-UK at the London Marathon

Are you inspired by Charmaine and the other fantastic runners in today's London Marathon? Inspired enough to participate in a fundraising challenge for OCD-UK?

We hope so, fundraising is one of the core income streams that help ensure our charity remains financially self-sufficient.

Perhaps you would like to run for OCD-UK, or cycle from London to Brighton, or participate in an overseas trek, or feel the adrenaline rush of a tandem skydive or take on your own challenge. From cake baking sells to marathon running, there is something for everyone to fundraise for OCD-UK. Fundriasing is a great way to support the charity, but also of equal importance to help raise awareness about OCD.

Overseas challenges
Other ideas

Why not start by taking part in Europe's largest 10k event, the Great Manchester Run on Saunday 18th May?

We have got lots of organised fundraising events available and we really appreciate the commitment of our fantastic fundraiser's and in return we promise to support you every step of the way.

Article posted on: Sun, 13/04/2014 - 4:40pm

My OCD Experience by Charmaine

Run for OCD-UK

Blog written for the OCD-UK members magazine, Compulsive Reading by Charmaine in September 2013.

This weekend Charmaine is lining up on the start line in Greenwich and running the Virgin London Marathon in an OCD-UK running vest. This is her story and her journey with OCD and the reason why she is putting herself through those 26.2 miles on Sunday.

My OCD Experience

I can’t remember the precise moment when my Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder began. There wasn’t a defining trigger or particular upsetting incident that prompted my worries; you could say that the onset was more like a ticking clock that subtly became more deafening.

Article posted on: Fri, 11/04/2014 - 1:07pm

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

Catherine shares her OCD experience

Catherine Mills - OCD-UK Trustee and Vice-Chair

Throughout the year we are constantly looking at opportunities to share our experiences of OCD with the wider media, and earlier today our vice-chair Catherine Mills spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about OCD.

Catherine also spoke about her own experience of living with OCD and experiencing intrusive thoughts.

To listen to Catherine share her experience, please click the 'Read more' link.


Article posted on: Thu, 03/04/2014 - 7:52pm

Poets Needed - What Does OCD Feel Like? - OCD Awareness

OCD Awareness Week - Poetry

We are re-launching our poetry project, and OCD-UK would like to hear from those of you that are affected by OCD and who have a poetic bent and would like to share with us in poetry how your OCD makes you actually ‘feel’. What does your OCD feel like?

We have already had some fantastic poems shared with us, but we want more. We are also seeking a small group of volunteers to join a working party to help develop the project. We would also welcome advice from anyone with experience of poetry publishing.

The poem could be emotional, sad, witty or in whatever mood you would like to express yourself about your own particular OCD. Poetry can be a very successful medium of expression about subjects that may be difficult to portray in other formats. It can throw a light, strike a chord or suddenly depict in words what we all may be experiencing in our heads.

This is a an opportunity for those of you who find poetry compelling to let us know the emotions that are within you regarding your OCD. The poems can be in any format – epics and Saxon Rhunes excluded! – and can be entered anonymously if you prefer.

We are hoping to take this project a step further, and use your submitted poems to highlight the impact that OCD can have on those of us that suffer by using these illuminating poems to collate a book of poems to highlight what it can be like to have OCD. This book would be very beneficial in terms of showing the uninitiated what OCD actually feels like, as well as a useful tool in training to give potential therapists or volunteer helpers, who don’t suffer from the condition, a first hand insight into how OCD can affect someone’s state of mind.

Article posted on: Thu, 03/04/2014 - 11:04am

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


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