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OCD - Do you think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised? Think again!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating disorder which leads the sufferer to having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. Think of the worst thought imaginable to you, now imagine that thought being there, all day, every day.

That's OCD!

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OCD Awareness Week

11th - 17th October 2015

Don't laugh, understand OCD.


"I smiled so wide my face hurt, but inside I was cold."

Emily Davis, Journalist and OCD sufferer.


Handwashing Hell

Think OCD, picture a pair of perfectly manicured hands being washed. The reality is very different for someone with OCD, where a 'little bit of handwashing' is the compulsion they long to be performing. The picture of Emily Davis speaks 1000 words about the devastation and pain that OCD can cause, but it does not show the mental anguish and torment inside, for that we need Emily's words...

"I smiled so wide my face hurt, but inside I was cold. The event photographer's camera clicked, and this awful moment of my OCD history was inscribed in stone." #ThatsOCD.

Is laughing about OCD ok?

So why don't people with OCD get a sense of humour about OCD and lighten up when people joke about OCD? To quote Emily "Yes, ‘laughter weakens the monster’, but it only works when people are laughing with you, not at you."

So often misunderstood, so often trivialised, so often devastating. #ThatsOCD

Regardless of the type of fears that those that suffer with OCD experience, what all experience is incredibly distressing and disabling anxiety, which is why the World Health Organisation listed OCD in the top ten most disabling illnesses in terms of loss of income and quality of life.

Heads up! OCD is more common than you think, you may well know someone with OCD. 2 out of 100 people SUFFER.

Laura wants you to understand her OCD, not joke!

Diagnosed three years ago, 21-year-old Laura McIlveen from Northern Ireland created this short film showing that OCD is a serious mental health condition and not a quirky character trait. #ThatsOCD

Watch now!




So why is OCD more serious than most people realise? The key is in the word Disorder.

People often confuse OCD for pernickety personal quirks of choice or preference but Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is far more serious than people realise. The key is in the word Disorder which is defined ‘psychological pattern associated with distress or disability’.

Most people who choose to have set behaviours like having their home tidy or certain order for their CD collection do so out of preference and choice which leads to some form of satisfaction, but which is NOT OCD. By describing such behaviour as OCD is a subtle way of saying "oh, yeah we all do that, no big deal."

People affected by OCD find their behaviour (the compulsions) dictated through distress caused by the relentless obsessive thoughts and anxiety which frequently leads to periods of disablement, rather than some kind of satisfaction.


#That's OCD!


I am not OCD, nobody is OCD. We suffer with OCD but it does not make us OCD.

Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK and OCD sufferer.


All we ask is you please take a moment to understand OCD



It was a 24 hour existence living with this illness, I had no escape from it.

Ian Puleston-Davies, Coronation Street actor and OCD sufferer.








Debilitating,  Disabling,   Distressing,   Hopeless,   Embarrassed,   Exasperating,   Drained,   Ashamed,   Anxiety provoking

All words used to describe OCD.






OCD is like living with an abusive partner

Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Psychologist




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