OCD in the media

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

Only Connect - BBC2

BBC2 Quiz - Only Connect

During the 8th September 2014 broadcast of Only Connect, Victoria Coren Mitchell, presenter of the BBC 2 quiz show, in our opinion made inappropriate and derogatory remarks about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).

Coren Mitchell said:

‘Hello and welcome to Only Connect; the show that puts the OC into OCD. And if you have OCD you’ll be thinking “But what was it before they put the OC into it? Just D? That doesn’t work.” Any viewers who are concerned that I’m poking fun at a condition I don’t understand, don’t worry, that’s not how we think on this show. To be honest, I’m not really thinking about anything, apart from when I accidently touched the light switch an odd number of times before I left the dressing room. I might have to go back.’

Article posted on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:41am

The Daily Mirror misuse OCD

Mirror misuse OCD

Obsessive and controlling, two words used today alongside the headline ‘Kate Bush's OCD has inspired her return to spotlight’ by the Daily Mirror.

Whilst we cannot know, nor wish to know if Kate Bush suffers with OCD, the picture painted by the Mirror to describe OCD does nothing to suggest a clinical diagnosis of OCD would be made.  Certainly there is no description of the mentally distressing anguish and anxiety that would accompany a diagnoses of OCD.

Inappropriately using OCD in such a headline is yet another example of poor and irresponsible journalistic writing which paints an unrealistic picture of what OCD is.  

Article posted on: Sat, 23/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Nurse awarded £75k compensation after developing OCD at work

Following a recent Daily Mail news story that a nurse had been awarded £75k in compensation from her former employer, Whipps Cross NHS Trust, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the severity that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can have on a person that suffers.

Article posted on: Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:28am

BBC Radio Sussex and OCD

BBC Radio Sussex

Kick starting Mental Health Awareness Week this week, BBC Radio Sussex dedicated much of their breakfast show to OCD and the new OCD Clinic open to residents of East Sussex.

Click the audio button below to listen to BBC Sussex talk to Claire and Ashley from OCD-UK and Dr Clara Strauss from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust throughout the morning show (12/05/2014). The clips also features Lisa Rodrigues CBE, the Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership and former nurse also talking about International Nurses Day.

Article posted on: Mon, 12/05/2014 - 5:33pm

Ian Puleston-Davies talks to the Mirror about his OCD and Corrie

Tough role: Ian worries about TV scenes

Ian Puleston-Davies is best known as tough Coronation Street builder Owen Armstrong but in real life the 55-year-old actor has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder since childhood.

Here Ian, who lives in Cheshire with his partner Sue, their seven-year-old daughter Maggie and two-year-old son Charlie, tells Sue Crawford how the condition has blighted his life but how he’s finally beating it...

Article posted on: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:11pm

Catherine shares her OCD experience

Catherine Mills - OCD-UK Trustee and Vice-Chair

Throughout the year we are constantly looking at opportunities to share our experiences of OCD with the wider media, and earlier today our vice-chair Catherine Mills spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about OCD.

Catherine also spoke about her own experience of living with OCD and experiencing intrusive thoughts.

To listen to Catherine share her experience, please click the 'Read more' link.


Article posted on: Thu, 03/04/2014 - 7:52pm

OCD-UK events

The following list contains details of national OCD events in the UK for the coming year that may provide members of the media with opportunities to access case studies and OCD features for publication/broadcast.

Article posted on: Thu, 13/02/2014 - 12:47pm


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