OCD: blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of OCD. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


Support and understanding from mental health bloggers changed my life

When I started my blog back in 2014 as a young and unwise lass to the world of mental health, I never thought for one second that this fashion and beauty blog that I created one rainy, cold May afternoon would quite frankly change my life forever. I never thought for one second that my little space of the internet where I talked about all things beauty and fashion could one-day change so dramatically. 

Too many people are faced with rejection when they open up

When I was officially diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the tender age of 15, I recall feeling an overwhelming sense of isolation. I felt embarrassed and anxious about what people would think of me if they found out I was ‘crazy’. I had struggled to be taken seriously before my diagnosis. “You’ll grow out of it” and “it’s just teenage hormones” were phrases I received regularly, even by health ‘professionals’.

OCD is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses

On paper, I’m a 22 year old Psychology graduate with a lovely boyfriend and a supportive family. I spend about 90% of the time in fleecy PJ bottoms, have very high maintenance eyebrows and am very fond of cake. However, what many people don’t know about me is that I face a daily battle with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Fathers: talk with your sons about mental health

"Well, now you're not alone. We'll get through this together."

These were the first words my dad said to me after I completely broke down and confessed all of my darkest thoughts about myself and explained the true extent of my mental illness. He didn't run, he didn't scream and shout or get angry, he didn't question me. It felt like an out-of-body experience, like I was watching myself tell him about a part of my life that had plagued me for so many years.

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