Just Because I Look OK, It Doesn't Mean That I Am

Gina Hadden | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Hadden

One of the things that I find frustrating with having a mental illness, is the way in which people often judge you by the way you are functioning at that precise moment in time. They assume that just because you can go to work, or engage in a conversation for five minutes with a smile on your face, you must be ok.

Why OCD Isn't About Being A Neat Freak

Gina Hadden | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Hadden

It wouldn't be very entertaining to watch another episode of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners if they were cleaning out a house because they were petrified that their family would die if they didn't. OCD is often a household joke, something that is used in jest and to be quite frank it needs to stop now.

Living With A Secret: Pure O

Gina Hadden | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Hadden

Go onto any OCD forum and you will see hundreds if not thousands of people desperately seeking advice and help for their Pure O. More likely than not the internet is their only source of help and support. They are afraid to confide in family members and doctors for concern of being misunderstood.

Mindfulness: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Beth | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Ok, that might be a little bit of a dramatic title for this post but what I want to do is look at the big M word. That's right. Muffins. No, obviously not. Mindfulness. Everybody I seem to meet is familiar with this concept. It's like the latest trend that everybody wants a part of.

Asking For Help Is A Strength, Not A Weakness

Beth | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

We are not weak for asking for help. Asking for help, reaching out, identifying that there is something not quite right is the sign of an incredibly strong person if you ask me. Despite our own judgement. Despite our shame. Guilt. Embarrassment. Despite our view that we are being feeble. Weak. We rise above this and we ask for that help anyway.

Labels, Diagnoses And Mental Health

Beth | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

My OCD IS part of me; it makes me who I am and I don't want to hate that anymore. Having a diagnosis has been a positive thing in a lot of ways for me but it has also made me despise this part of myself for so many years. I propose instead that we listen to our mental health illness, we try to understand it, accept it and embrace it as part of our identity.

How Does OCD Affect Family Life?

Quora | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When you're tired, it's hard to remind yourself to separate the person you love from the disorder and say, "That's just his or her OCD." Because there's nothing "just" about OCD. And even if you can find acceptance, everything goes out the window with a family crisis. OCD hates disruption to established routines, and change is a four-letter word.

Mental Illness Is SO Not Quirky

Louise Rodgers | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Rodgers

Instead, understand that we are constantly fighting a battle with ourselves. On the outside we are parents, colleagues, cousins, friends. We may be chatty, funny, friendly, silly. We may not. Some of us wear disguises. Some of us don't. We are unable.

How To Spot The Signs Of OCD, Plus Diagnosis And Treatment

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects roughly 1.2% of the UK population, equating to 12 in 1000 people. “OCD is often thought of in individual...

Lena Dunham Opens Up About OCD And Anxiety: 'There's No Shame In Asking For Help'

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Lena Dunham has opened up about her anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a powerful video hoping to break down mental health stigma. Th...

Why I'm Running The London Marathon

Sean Fletcher | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sean Fletcher

After a long wait for the right level of treatment my son is taking small steps in the right direction. While he takes those steps, I've decided to take the approximately 52 thousand steps it takes to complete the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for YoungMinds and Heads Together. Life was a lot easier for me when I was 14, so I'm happy to sacrifice my knees to start a conversation about mental health.

People With OCD Reveal The Daily Rituals That Disrupt Their Lives The Most

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that is estimated to affect over 740,000 people in the UK at any one time. People with OCD mi...

Does Everyone Think They Have Anxiety?

Megan Taylor | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Taylor

It is the same for people with OCD. It can actually be incredibly inconsiderate to say in jest that you are OCD about something whilst true sufferers are having a real daily struggle with a severe case of the disorder.

How Do You Tell Your Children You Have A Mental Illness

Tina McGuff | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

It took many years to become 'normal', whatever that is. Once I had finished therapy, inpatient and outpatient treatments, ending all mediations, I felt I was finally mentally fit and ready to take on the world.

Personal Advice For Travelling With OCD

Jodie Randell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Randell

As a lover of travel and long-term OCD sufferer, I know how the two can sometimes create an ugly mix! The stresses sometimes uncovered by being out of your comfort zone can make it harder to shhh that OCD bully inside your head. This article aims to assist anyone wishing to travel with OCD, by outlining some personal tips I have learnt on my travels. It is important to note that I am not a healthcare professional, and you should always consult a doctor for professional advice.

Postnatal OCD

Stacey Oakes | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

I never really thought of myself as someone who suffers from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). I mean, I do weird things like never walk on the pavement cracks, run back to the kettle before it boils and clicks off and always have to beat the person walking behind me to the next lamp-post, but everyone does that right?

Eight Things People Have Said To Me About My OCD

Meg Burchell | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

When this has been said to me on more times than I care to remember, it always sounds more like a statement than a question. OCD is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised mental illnesses, and I think this is one of the things people say that gets to me the most.

Artist Creates Sketches On Old Newspapers To Deal With Skin Picking Disorder

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist has found a unique way of dealing with her skin picking disorder by creating drawings on newspapers and then sharing them to raise awareness...

Why Is Everyone Talking About Mental Health?

Nina Bryant | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

As someone who holds this issue close to my heart I have seen the ins and outs of every different reaction to mental illness you can imagine, the good and the bad. "We all do that," in relation to my obsessive panics about germs or "we all get a bit down sometimes" in relation to my suicidal tendencies.

A Letter To My Twelve-Year-Old Self

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If you look at the photographs taken on my very first flip-phone, amongst the chunks of too-big pixels you'll see that, together with my too-short fringe, I embraced all the great 00's beauty trends.

Obsessive Compulsive Parenting

Lucy Fisk | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Fisk

I am a mother to two boys aged five and six, I have always been told by other parents, family and people around me that boys are the easier sex to raise and that they give you far less worry than girls. I cannot say whether that is true as I will never be able to test the theory. However, I am genuinely concerned that I am totally mucking up something which is meant to be quite simple.

Why Baby Steps Are More Important Than New Year's Resolutions In Mental Health Recovery

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you want to set yourself a resolution for 2017, make a resolution that you can do over time, that allows for mistakes and gradual progress rather than instantaneous results.

People Blaming 2016 For Everything That Had Happened Are Making My OCD Go Through The Roof

Olya Gerasimova | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olya Gerasimova

Don't whistle at home, you won't have money. Don't come back to your house if you have forgotten something, something bad will happen. Don't spill salt, you'll get into a fight. Don't wash your hair before the exam, you will forget all the knowledge.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

The Truth About OCD

Richard Taylor | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Taylor

For many people, the stereotype of OCD in mainstream media is so damaging because it makes them feel isolated, strange, different and abnormal when in reality, they should be made to feel accepted, loved and cared for. Just because you can't see their illness and it's in their head doesn't mean it's not real or should be treated any differently to a physical injury.