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OCD in the media

Features about OCD in the media (newspapers, television, radio or the big screen).

The Range - An update

Earlier this week we highlighted concerns that had been raised by our followers about two products being sold by a national retail outlet, The Range.  The two products, wall art saying (I have OCD, Obsessive Cake Disorder),  were considered inappropriate because they both trivialise the suffering of OCD, and perpetuate the misconceptions about OCD, which of courses adds to the stigma and fear of opening up that many people with OCD already face.

Following communication with the company from OCD-UK and feedback offered to the retailer by our supporters, we are encouraged that The Range have today (Wed 16th Aug) committed to respecting mental health conditions like OCD by the withdrawal of these two products.

Article posted on: Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:57pm 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...

Our approach when dealing with the media

In a day and age where social-media is so widely used, for TV production companies wanting to recruit participants with OCD for their programmes it’s no longer necessary to come through charities like OCD-UK or approach the national OCD treatment clinics. 

That in itself is not necessarily a problem where a production is ethically sound, but for the community of people with lived experience of OCD on social-media this can be problematic when questionable or even unethical media recruitment approaches are used.  

Article posted on: Wed, 10/05/2017 - 2:12pm Read more...

Living With Me And My OCD - Full documentary

Claire fiming

Earlier this month Claire Watkinson premièred her OCD documentary film in Sheffield, and it gives us great pleasure to make the film available via our website, thank you to Claire for making this possible.

Living With Me And My OCD is a personal documentary about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) produced, directed, filmed and edited by Claire Watkinson. It features individuals (including Claire) who have OCD and demonstrates the lack of awareness surrounding OCD.

Article posted on: Mon, 20/02/2017 - 12:03pm Read more...

A little bit OCD - Short film by Kiran Wallace

Briefed with creating a social action project, Brighton media student Kiran Wallace created this video about the misconceptions of OCD.

Featuring OCD-UK volunteer Claire Goldenberg, facilitator of the Worthing OCD support group, Kiran does a fantastic job in this short 5 minute film of separating OCD from the online misconceptions of 'A little bit OCD'. So next time you see OCD trivialised online, perhaps encourage that person to watch this film, it may just help them understand. Click 'read more' to watch the film.

Article posted on: Fri, 27/01/2017 - 5:43pm Read more...

Misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media. OCD Awareness Week discussion

As part of OCD Awareness Week we want to highlight the misuse and misrepresentation of OCD in the media and welcome your comments and feedback.

This is not a discussion about whether or not we 'should be' offended but rather an opportunity to give honest accounts of how the chosen media topics might make those affected by OCD feel.  Should the media play a bigger role in ensuring they take more responsibility not to add to stereo-types and misconceptions?

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 5:24pm Read more...

Porridge

Source: BBC iPlayer - Broadcast 28th August 2016. (Cliptime - 2:46 minutes)

Article posted on: Mon, 19/09/2016 - 9:19pm Read more...

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