People living with OCD experience unwanted thoughts and images called obsessions. They can include fear of harming their baby, a premonition of someone close to them dieing, of catching infectious diseases by touching a door knob, of inadvertently stabbing someone with a knife, unfounded doubts about their relationship and much more. These thoughts create huge anxiety and will often drive them to perform exhausting physical and mental rituals and compulsions to neutralise the thoughts and relieve the anxiety.
I might have forgotten to switch the light off which could cause a spark and then a fire which could kill my family, I need to go back and check.
Sometimes, the only time they can switch off those intrusive thoughts is when they are asleep.
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is one of the leading international organizations working to support people living with OCD. They offer resources for people with OCD, support scientific research into OCD causes and treatment, and offer educational programs for clinicians and mental health care providers.The IOCDF is also well-known for it’s annual conference and recently launched it’s new OCD advocacy campaign #OCDvocate.
OCD Action is a UK charity that provides support and information to anyone affected by OCD. Their support phone line is 0845 390 6232.
OCD UK is stuffed full of really helpful information about OCD. If you’re battling with OCD they also run forums that are a safe place to discuss your concerns with others who understand what you are going through.
OCD Youth is run by the team at The Maudsley Hospital OCD Clinic for young people.
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop gives a fantastic insight into what it is like to battle with OCD every day. David Adam gives a very honest account of his own OCD which is driven around a fear of catching AIDS. The book goes beyond a personal memoir and includes aspects around brain research and treatments, both past and present.
Break Free From OCD is a very practical book written by clinicians actively working in the field of OCD. It covers all the main types of OCD, of which there are many, and some practical advice on how to treat your problem.
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a self help book written by two highly respected therapists.
Pure is a tragicomic story written by Rose Bretécher about her OCD.
Ellen’s OCD Blog Ellen is 15 and she has OCD.
Karen Robinson Karen waited 24 years before seeking help for her OCD. Her experience of CBT for OCD will give hope to anyone trying to overcome their OCD.
OCD-Support (Yahoo! Group)
I am a portuguese whoman. I have a blog “Ver através da POC” that means “see througt OCD” where i share my life whith OCD and Depression caused by OCD soffering.
I liked very much see your page. Thanks.
Your blog sounds great! We will check it out. Glad you found us!
I’ve just come to your page from the BBC Focus magazine where I’ve read a massively enlightening article about OCD. When I was an adolescent I started worrying incessantly about silly things and became extremely anxious. No one knew, it was hidden in me but was ruining my life. When I met my now husband I obsessed that there were problems in our relationship when there weren’t. After we married things came to a head and I sought help. I’ve now had therapy and take a mild anti depressant. I love my life now and am so much better. Reading the article and seeing your site has been a revelation for me, I no longer feel alone. I could never articulate how I felt previously.
Thank you for creating awareness. It took me many years to get my OCD under control. I sought help though. This is a great blog post. I have been struggling with personal issues for 10 years and have found reaching out online to seek the advice of others has helped me through the good and bad time.
Love the idea. So glad your doing this!
Thanks for helping create awareness, understanding, compassion & support for all those who struggle with OCD!
Thanks so much for your thanks, Patty! Your kind words further fuel our inspiration to keep growing The Secret Illness project. Together we can dispel misconceptions about OCD!