OCD in the media

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

Kylie shares her OCD experience

Kylie relaxing in her kitchen last year

Throughout the year we are constantly looking at opportunities to share our experiences of OCD with ethical media outlets, and on Friday of this week (7th Feb) the chair of our charity Kylie Cloke spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire about her OCD experience, which you can listen to below.

Please do get in touch with us if you feel you would like to share your story with local radio, or maybe in written form for our own publications or your own local newspaper.


Article posted on: Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:46pm

Meet the Team: Lucy Carter

Lucy Carter

I joined OCD-UK in August 2013 in the part-time capacity of a communications and awareness development role. I embarked upon this exciting opportunity at the start of the first Ride4OCD tour and set to work on helping the team raise media awareness during the ride to support the ones doing the real work, those cycling! It was great fun to follow the Ride4OCD team on their epic journey from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Article posted on: Tue, 04/02/2014 - 2:25pm

Bedlam and ADRU

OCD Bully Statue is housed at ADRU

The unit featured on this evening's excellent Channel 4 programme, Bedlam was the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU), which is part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The ADRU unit, ably led by Simon Darnley and David Veale is a nationally funded NHS unit which provides specialist OCD and BDD treatment, and of course other anxiety problems such as habit disorder, hypochondriasis, health anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychogenic excoriation without body dysmorphic disorder, social phobia, specific phobia of vomiting, trichotillomania.

Patients routinely remain as residents Monday to Friday for about 12 weeks. Patients do need to be able to self-care without the need for nursing care as the unit is unstaffed out of hours. Each resident has their own bedroom with wash basin, on a same sex corridor.

Accessing treatment at the clinic initially needs to be made by your local psychological service

Article posted on: Thu, 31/10/2013 - 9:51pm

OCD Ward - ITV1

OCD Ward

OCD Ward is a new documentary offering an insight into four severe cases of OCD due to be screened on ITV1 on Monday (28th October) at 9:00pm. The programme will focus on two patients receiving treatment at London's Springfield University Hospital, the only 24/7 staffed unit dedicated to the treatment of severe OCD.

We spoke at length to the programme producer Jo, from Minnow Films, who explained that she hopes the programme will show the devastation that OCD can cause, both to those that suffer, but also to our loved ones, but also show the challenges that sufferers face in just tackling treatment, in addition to trying to life each and every day with OCD.

Article posted on: Fri, 25/10/2013 - 2:20pm

New television programmes about OCD

Bedlam is a brand new four-part Channel 4 series based at the Maudsley Hospital.

Next week will see OCD featured on three different television programmes.

OCD Ward is due to be screened on ITV1 on Monday 28th October at 9:00pm and will primarily focus on treatment of OCD at the Springfield University Hospital in South London. OCD Ward also focuses on the impact the condition has on both the patients and their family relationships and the difficulty in treating it.

Bedlam is a brand new four-part Channel 4 series, which boldly challenges the myths and taboos about mental illness through unprecedented access to the patients and staff of the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) - the world’s oldest psychiatric institution. The series will focus on different severe mental health illnesses, with the first episode on Thursday 31st October at 9pm featuring OCD and Anxiety at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU).

Article posted on: Sun, 20/10/2013 - 6:56pm

Ian Puleston-Davies talks OCD on the ITV Lorraine programme

Ian Puleston-Davies shares his OCD experience on the ITV1 Lorraine show

During last week's OCD Awareness Week, our patron, the writer and actor, Ian Puleston-Davies joined others with OCD by speaking openly and candidly about his OCD on the ITV1 Lorraine programme (Thursday 17th October). The feature is viewable to watch on the ITV website by clicking the link below.

View Ian's feature on the ITV1 Lorraine show.

Article posted on: Sun, 20/10/2013 - 6:26pm

Ride4OCD Reviews and Pics

Ride4OCD Reviews and Pics

During August, OCD-UK's Ashley Fulwood and Professor Salkovskis set off from Land's End, cycling 1100 miles all the way to John o Groats. You can now read all about their experiences and daily adventures and pics on the Ride4OCD website.

Ashley told us, "People's generosity of spirit and wallet continues to amaze and humble us, even now, some two weeks following the completion of Ride4OCD. We want to thank everybody that supported us with words of encouragement to sponsoring us, you all made a real difference to helping us achieve our aims of this tour, we raised over £6600 so far, and managed to do 14 pieces of local media OCD awareness coverage, so thank you so much to you all for your generosity, you helped us achieve our aims of Riding4OCD."

"We wanted to try and share our experiences with you, so below is a review for each day of our ride, along with some route stats and pictures from the day (more pics to follow in the next week or so)."

Article posted on: Fri, 13/09/2013 - 5:54pm


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