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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013
Riding from John O' Groats to Land's End, therapists and people with OCD working together with one united aim, raising awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
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.
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.
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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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So OCD, is it a laughing matter?

Joshie and Harri showing their support for OCD Awareness Week

Blog written by 'Harri' ‏@Rabbaroo for OCD Awareness Week, 16th October 2014.

So OCD, is it a laughing matter? No, yes, maybe?..........oh hang on, I'm confused.

My OCD is a flipping nightmare to put it mildly. At one point it almost killed me. That's definitely no laughing matter. My brain had me so convinced that the whole entire world was better off with out me, that the only thing I was good at was causing harm that I decided to end it all. Not my finest hour I'll admit, but one of my darkest. No laughter, no funniness. Just bleakness, darkness and a whole lot of self loathing.

Obviously things turned around and I'm no longer in that place any more.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 12:56pm Read more...

OCD and Me by Megan

Blog written by 'Megan Burchell' ‏ for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

OCD and Me

People say mental illness is a lonely place. They're right. You're trapped, living in a mist of uncertainty and  sometimes depression. Below the polished surface that is you, lies confusion and pain. I know that's how I felt when I became hostage to the crippling mental illness that is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

I was officially diagnosed with OCD a couple of years ago. I admit I was terrified, and I felt like I was crazy and an embarrassment to my family. I feared no one would take me seriously, and it took a while to be heard. Even today it's still hard. I've endured the disorder for as long as I can remember, however it became more of a problem as I grew up and it began to get out of control, and it was interfering with my everyday life, so I finally found the courage to speak out and ask for help. The earliest memories I have of it was when I was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 11:14am Read more...

OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours for OCD Awareness Week, 14th October 2014.

#OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

In a somewhat blind leading the blind way, I am currently spending one day a week on a CBT placement. For the moment my role mainly involves sitting awkwardly in the corner and trying to nod in the right places whilst maintaining my “I am full of empathy and yet maintaining professional boundaries” face, but in time I’ll be expected to be a little more proactive.

It’s interesting and yet a little unsettling, and it’s certainly making me think about what I want to do with my life. It’s also been an excellent kick up the backside – I can’t sit there as a hypocrite on the other side of the desk if I can’t put into practice what I am preaching. One of my problems is that I know all the theory. I can tell you exactly what I’m meant to do, how I’m meant to challenge the OCD and the ways that I’m supposed to stand up to it, but when it comes to putting it into practice, I just get stuck.

Article posted on: Tue, 14/10/2014 - 10:02am Read more...

OCCleaners - The Times get it, so why not others?

Blog written by 'Ashley Fulwood' 13th October 2014.

Last Sunday in the round up of the week’s TV ahead, The Times published the following.

Left feeling grubby

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4, 8pm) Watching obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers with a cleaning fixation being sent to transform the houses of hoarders is an uncomfortable business for everyone involved. The hoarders are made to feel disgusting and the OCD cleaners are put through mental torture (often physical, too — breaking out in sweats and panic). Then there is the audience, also squirming at the jaunty tone of the programme’s voice-over and the exploitation of people with (in some cases) diagnosed mental-health disorders. It is shameful that this has been given a third series.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:14pm Read more...

Inés OCD Awareness Week Film

Take a moment to watch Ines OCD Awareness Film

Take a look at this fantastic short and very informative film by Inés for OCD Awareness Week, which we are publishing with her kind permission.

Thank you so much to Inés for putting her creative skills to good use to make this brilliant film for OCD Awareness Week.

Click the 'read more' link to watch the film.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 4:04pm Read more...

#OCDWeek – Risky Business

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

#OCDweek – Risky Business

There is a risk, however small, that tomorrow I will walk under a bus. There is a risk that I may get Ebola (can you guess what my OCD might be especially keen on at the moment?), that I might cause an accident, that I might hurt someone unintentionally, that I might leave my cooker on and burn down the entire student residence… the list goes on. Every day we take a million tiny decisions and a million tiny risks.

Worse than all of that though is the risk that I choose not to take. There is also the risk that I don’t face up to my OCD and that it ends up consuming my life, my dreams and my future.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 11:32am Read more...

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