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Great Manchester Run - Sunday 26th May

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell

We have a fantastic small team of runners participating in this years Great Manchester Run (10k / 6.6 miles) on Sunday 26th May, but we still have a few places left, and we really want to be able to field a team of 15 runners!

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell (pictured) and she explained why she is running for OCD-UK on her Just Giving fundraising page.

"Since the age of 8 I have been afflicted by this debilitating problem known as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which up until recently (I am now 32 years old) had impacted greatly on my quality of life and general enjoyment.

Article posted on: Thu, 11/04/2013 - 12:23pm

Compulsive Reading Extra - Brand New newsletter

March Compulsive Reading Extra

New for 2013, OCD-UK members will now receive an additional Compulsive Reading Extra newsletter in addition to the regular Compulsive Reading magazines. Already on its way to OCD-UK members is the March edition of Compulsive Reading Extra, and which will be published in-between publications of the main magazine.

During 2013, OCD-UK members will now receive even more:

  • Three issues of our Compulsive Reading magazine, a 20 page, full colour magazine.
  • Three copies of the newsletter Compulsive Reading Extra.
  • One copy of our 2012 Compulsive Reading Special - a 24 page, full colour magazine review of our work in 2012.
  • Larger discount on tickets for our annual conference, this year being held in the North East of England.

So if you're not already a member, now is a great time to become a member of OCD-UK! To receive your copies, all you need to do is support OCD-UK by pledging to become a member for a year, from just £2 a month or £24 annually. Click here to become a member of OCD-UK

Article posted on: Thu, 14/03/2013 - 10:14pm

Love Actually

Love Actually

It's Valentine's Day, if you did not already know!

OCD and Love are not always something which go hand-in-hand, but just sometimes love can beat OCD. OCD-UK members Jo and Jim shared their story with us last year, it first appeared in the 2012 February issue of the OCD-UK magazine, Compulsive Reading. Click the file link below to download the PDF of the feature from our magazine.

Article posted on: Thu, 14/02/2013 - 1:49pm

Fancy cycling around London for OCD-UK?

Cycle RideLondon 100

Follow in the tracks of Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Armitstead and Mark Cavendish to become an OCD-UK cycling hero. Taking inspiration from the Olympic road race, be part of the first Olympic legacy event and join over 20,000 cyclists to take part in an epic 100 mile cycle ride along London's closed roads.

Today is public ballot day for the inaugural RideLondon 100 cycle ride, an event which promises to become the London Marathon of cycling events! If you were lucky enough to secure your ballot place, please do consider riding for OCD-UK. We will give you an OCD-UK cycling jersey or jacket, all we ask is that you fundraise whatever you can for OCD-UK!

Not lucky to secure your ballot place? Then fear not cycling friends, OCD-UK have four places available, all we ask is that you agree to fundraise the minimum fundraising amount of £500.

Article posted on: Thu, 07/02/2013 - 9:53am

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

OCD-UK today remain extremely disappointed that, despite our lengthy discussions with them, Channel 4 are continuing with their plans to broadcast a series of programmes which falsely gives the impression that people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder somehow gain pleasure from their compulsive cleaning. We feel that this not only trivialises the severity of those that suffer with contamination obsessive fears, but also adds further to the misconception that OCD is primarily about cleaning compulsions. This misrepresentation about what OCD is all about can only lead to increased stigma for those that suffer.

Next week (13th Feb, 9pm), Channel 4 launch the first of a six part series called Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaners, which follows a lady, that the channel 4 programme describe to be obsessed with cleaning so much that she setup an agency to recruit what the programme call ‘Compulsive Cleaners’. The programme description goes on to suggest that people with OCD that are compulsive cleaners have a special set of skills and a gift for cleaning that could change the habits of the nation, and in the programme Linda Dykes, sets out to recruit an army of obsessive compulsive cleaners to help clean Britain's dirty homes and filthy public spaces.

Whilst we are yet to see the programme, despite a request to do so, we are incredibly concerned that the title and emphasis of the programme might add to the wholly inaccurate and false stereotype that OCD is purely about people that clean. In fact, the direct opposite is true, the NICE guidelines for OCD suggest one study showed that only 26.5% of people with OCD actually have cleaning compulsions, and that figure goes down further in other parts of the world. In fact, people with OCD that do have contamination/cleaning issues find it incredibly disabling and actually get no pleasure what-so-ever from their compulsive rituals.

Article posted on: Wed, 06/02/2013 - 8:00pm

OCD and Me - Awareness through photography

Me and my OCD by Preeti

Photography can provide people affected by OCD with a creative outlet, helping them express their feelings about OCD and capturing its impact on their daily lives. It can be an effective way of depicting an image that you may be experiencing in your head but find difficult to put into words.

OCD-UK would like to hear from those affected by OCD who have used photography to capture their feelings about their condition. Have you taken photographs to express how OCD makes you feel or to show what your OCD feels like? Have you directed and appeared in your own photograph that depicts you and your OCD? Would you like to start using your OCD to help develop your creative talents and raise awareness of OCD? Whatever your level of photography is we want the world to see it!

One such example is the image on the right submitted by Preeti, who will be helping to manage this project told us that this image, 'Me and my OCD' "Represents myself (the blooming flower) and my OCD (the wilting flower). The blooming flower is attempting to push down the other flower, demonstrating my own attempts at containing my OCD."

Article posted on: Fri, 25/01/2013 - 10:49am

Happy New Year and Thank You

With the old year now drawing to a close, and the new year beckoning, it is fair to say that many with OCD will find it hard to welcome a New Year with any real glee and excitement, and that is of course so understandable when for many of us, OCD brings the same monotonous struggles daily, it is hard to find excitement in the future.

So over the next few days as the old becomes the new, we want to encourage you all to set some little goals for the New Year through to this time next year, be they personal or OCD related, something that you can work towards. But it is important to make your goals realistic, and we all must do our best to work towards them, but also not to beat ourselves up if we are unable to reach our goals within the timescale we set ourselves.

Article posted on: Tue, 01/01/2013 - 12:00am


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