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OCD Experiences

First hand accounts of people's OCD experiences.

Feeling Sad? Our guide to banishing the winter blues

Inevitably as our lacklustre summer fades, the colder and darker nights are upon us, and some could be forgiven for thinking that we have skipped autumn and headed straight into winter.

An observation, just from viewing the users the users who frequent our discussion forums is September and October usually sparks an upsurge in people feeling the blues, feeling sad, feeling that life is hard again and as a result, an upsurge in their OCD problems.

This is sometimes known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or sometimes just simply the winter blues.  Sometimes the dividing line between the winter blues and SAD can be blurred, so wherever you are on the spectrum, if you’re struggling with low mood please consult a health professional.  

But, be it winter blues or SAD there is a lot that you can do to help yourself, and most of which can be done very naturally with just small minor changes to our everyday behaviour.

Article posted on: Tue, 03/10/2017 - 12:37pm Read more...

The Third Letter

When we launched our new logo last year, we did so to highlight the fact that the D in OCD the D means 'disorder'. For OCD Awareness Week Patrick, the host of the blog morethanmydiagnoses created this great piece about that 'third letter'.

Morethanmydiagnoses is an honest and frank record of mental illness and recovery.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 4:41pm Read more...

Becca shares her video blog for OCD Awareness Week

Becca

A little while ago @BeccaACairns recorded this video blog about her OCD experiences with sexual obsessional fears. She has experienced various types of OCD since early childhood but that this aspect of OCD has felt the most destructive to her in terms of her identity and more defining life choices like starting a family.

Becca wanted to share this video for OCD Awareness Week, saying “I just wish people spoke about it more but I understand that it's taken me 29 years! We need to talk about it - to dissolve it of its power and end the stigma.”

Click the read more link to view the video blog.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 3:25pm Read more...

One conversation at a time...

Beth

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

Article posted on: Thu, 05/10/2017 - 2:23pm Read more...

The Range - Disappointment in OCD products

Update: Wed 16th Aug - This issue is now resolved. Please review this post for updated comment.

In a week when WHSmith announce they are working to deliver a comprehensive mental health wellbeing strategy that will not only raise awareness of mental health issues and address the stigma surrounding them, another national chain, The Range, have chosen to take the opposite direction. The Range have chosen to sell and profit from products which increase stigma around mental health, with these two ‘I have OCD’ metal wall art plaques.

The Range sparked widespread criticism from our followers last week when it came to light after one of our eagle eyed Twitter followers Prozac&Nooch spotted the inappropriate wall art whilst browsing their local store, many felt the two products trivialised the severity of OCD .

Those suffering with OCD are all too frequently victims of retailers like The Range profiting from the selling of items which mock and misuse the OCD acronym, often leaving people with OCD feeling stigmatised and feeling that these products reinforce the negative perceptions that drive this constant cycle of trivialisation of OCD.

Our own spokesperson, Ashley Fulwood, commented “Every time somebody misuses the OCD acronym for a ‘joke’, a little part of an OCD sufferer dies inside, the stigma that the ‘joke’ creates can be life-limiting, because people suffering with OCD close down and are left feeling they can’t talk to anybody.”

Article posted on: Sun, 13/08/2017 - 7:11pm 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...

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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