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OCD and Me - Lets Change Perceptions
This year’s OCD Awareness Week takes place between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th October 2013, and this year's theme, 'OCD and Me' aims to highlight individuals unique experiences of OCD to improve understanding about the many different types of OCD that people with OCD suffer. We also want to highlight the daily struggles with the illness in an attempt to challenge trivialising misconceptions and stigma that currently surrounds OCD.
Unfortunately, whilst the terms 'he/she is a bit OCD' or 'I'm really OCD about that' are being used in everyday vocabulary, usually simply to describe people who may be a little fastidious about a particular task, the terms are rarely used to actually describe OCD, which is a crippling mental health problem that severely impacts on the functioning and quality of life of those children and adults that suffer with OCD.
We want to show that OCD exists in many forms, from serious disabling and debilitating contamination fears, through to horrific and graphic intrusive thoughts which plague us.
As part of our plans for this years OCD Awareness Week we are launching a new project called 'OCD and Me' to give those of us with OCD an opportunity to tell others what it really means to live with the illness. We want to create a 'Compulsive Viewing' collection of video messages from people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder explaining what their OCD means to them.
Let Claire explain a little bit more about what we are looking for.
We are looking for people to make their own short videos about their experiences. You can talk about any aspect of your OCD that you like. For example:
We will collate these videos, and which may go on to be published on the OCD-UK website, including our social media websites, and on our YouTube channel. We hope these videos will help us achieve our objective to get the truth out about what OCD actually is, and change perceptions for those still not fully aware. We will also submit some of the films to media outlets during OCD Awareness Week, and some may even be broadcast to the audience at our annual conference in Newcastle in November. By taking part in this project, you are giving us permission to use your film for any of those purposes.
We really hope that this project will give people with OCD a chance to explain what life with OCD is really like for them. This is an opportunity for you to say to the public what you’ve always wanted to. You can even ask your family or close friends to talk about your OCD for your film.
In addition to changing perceptions about OCD, we hope that the 'OCD and Me' collection will become a great resource for others with OCD. We hope the collection will help them understand they aren’t alone out there and can learn from first-hand experiences about what having OCD is like.
If you are looking for some inspiration, then Spencer sent us this brilliant short film recently which says so much, without a single word being spoken.
Want to get involved?
Firstly you need to shoot your film. You can use your mobile phone, tablet, computer webcam or even a video recorder to capture your film. It can be as long as you like, but we would suggest under 5 minutes being the perfect length. Films over 10 minutes may not really be suitable for the purpose of this project. for the purpose of this project. It doesn’t need to be a professionally-edited piece, it can be shot simply like Claire's face-to-camera, or like Spencer using her computer webcam, but we do ask that the film should have clear audio and visual quality.
Once you’re ready to submit your film, we want you to email them to us. We won’t make any changes to your video, but we will check that it meets our publication guidelines. By emailing us your video, you are giving OCD-UK permission to freely use your film how we see fit on our websites and to distribute to media outlets during OCD Awareness Week, and possibly show at our conference. They will be credited to you as the creator and marked as being part of the 'OCD and Me' project. We won’t use your videos for any other purpose without your permission. If you are under 16 we ask that you please get the permission of your parents and ask them to write to us with this.
If you don’t have access to a camera to film yourself, perhaps you can share your story in written format, and send us a great pic of your yourself. We would love to publish your stories as part of the same 'OCD and Me' project on our website.
We ask that video's be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org although please don't use standard email to send files over 8mb. For files under 50mb, HighTail offers a free file upload and email service. Dropbox is another free file sharing service. You can also freely use Google Drive to upload an share files.We look forward to receiving and viewing your videos for the 'OCD and Me' project for OCD Awareness Week.