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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!
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.
OCD Awareness Week 2017
OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organisations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. October 2017, get involved!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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

OCD Awareness Week 2017

OCD Awareness Week 2017

People still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised. We need to say to them, 'think again!'. We need to tell them that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating disorder which leads the sufferer to having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. That's OCD!

Which is exactly why we are promoting OCD Awareness Week again in October 2017 (8-14th October 2017).

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing misunderstanding and stigma that can be caused by misrepresentation of OCD. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (a US based charity), OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organisations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK.

For 2017 we have already liaised with various media outlets, and hope to see some attention given to OCD Awareness Week in the media. We will be publishing a series of content each day during OCD Awareness Week again focussing on the myths and misconceptions about OCD. We have also invested in a series of posters and handouts which we can send you if you're able to distribute in your workplace, school or uni, just let us know how many you want and your postal address.

Visit our OCD Awareness Week resources page by clicking here for more ideas of how you can get involved.

Article posted on: Thu, 05/01/2017 - 3:13pm 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...

Great Womens 10k Run - Glasgow

Ladies, this is one for you! This is the only 'women only' event in the Great Run series, taking place in the fabulous, culturally rich city of Glasgow, bringing together incredible women from all walks of life to achieve amazing things for lots of amazing charities, including OCD-UK.

The new 10k course was a highlight in 2016 and those taking part will enjoy running through the heart of the west end and along the quayside. Passing iconic landmarks such as the The Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow University, The Science Centre & The Hydro will make for a scenic route, not to mention all the bands, pipers and dancers on course to keep you entertained. Are you up for the challenge?

By pulling on the orange OCD-UK running vest and becoming a part of the OCD-UK running team you will be helping us to provide immediate practical and emotional support for people living with OCD. 

Article posted on: Fri, 30/12/2016 - 3:07pm Read more...

Vitality London 10,000 (10k)

Starting on The Mall and finishing opposite Buckingham Palace, the London Vitality 10,000 passes some of London’s most famous attractions on this fantastic, flat course including St Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column and the Houses of Parliament. A 10K is a realistic running challenge for runners of all abilities, even beginners. Perhaps if it is not for you, you have a family member who likes running, why not ask them to run for you to raise funds for OCD-UK! Click the link for more details.

By pulling on the orange OCD-UK running vest and becoming a part of the OCD-UK running team you will be helping us to provide immediate practical and emotional support for people living with OCD. 

Article posted on: Fri, 30/12/2016 - 2:55pm Read more...

Great Edinburgh Run

The Great Edinburgh Run (10 miles) is a real challenge, are you up for it? It's a challenge that is rewarded by some fantastic scenery. Starting and finishing in Holyrood Park runners will see a number of the Edinburgh's famous landmarks such as Greyfriars Bobby, the Royal Mile, Scott Monument and the beautiful Arthur's Seat in addition to Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps if it is not for you, you have a family member who likes running, why not ask them to run for you to raise funds for OCD-UK! Click the link for more details.

By pulling on the orange OCD-UK running vest and becoming a part of the OCD-UK running team you will be helping us to provide immediate practical and emotional support for people living with OCD. 

Article posted on: Fri, 30/12/2016 - 2:35pm Read more...

Obsessive Christmas Disorder – My Arse!

By Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK.

In a previous Christmas message I spoke about how OCD does not seem to recognise Christmas and take the holiday season off, if anything OCD rages more at this time of the year for many people.

But you know what, I have to acknowledge that rare occasion when I might have been wrong, you see throughout this year's festive build up there’s been a marked increase in social media memes and naff retailing websites like CafePress selling ‘OCD jumpers’, not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but that seasonal condition called ‘Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.  Amusing hey?

This horrid trend that started a couple of Christmases ago gathered pace last year when a major US retailer (Target) got it on the act and thought they would use OCD to make a Christmas profit…. Such is the commercialism of Christmas these days. Sadly it’s even infected respected journals like The Spectator that published an article which started… ‘There are plenty of usually normal and well-adjusted people who go bonkers at Christmas time. I refer to the condition as Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.

Obsessive Christmas Disorder… My Arse!!!  (I was watching The Royle Family last night, which is where that piece of descriptive rebuttal came from).

Article posted on: Fri, 23/12/2016 - 4:50pm Read more...

Podcast with Professor Paul Salkovskis

Danny Whittaker from the My Own Worst Enemy website, an online support community for anyone battling with depression or anxiety related mental health issues, recently interviewed our patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis. The result was this fascinating insight into OCD and Paul's views on everything from how he likes to refer to OCD, to views on causes and family involvement.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/11/2016 - 11:21am Read more...

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