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.

When my OCD is bad, my friends and family are incredible

My experience of mental health, much like my condition itself, runs to two extremes. 

I first realised that I wasn't 'normal' when I was at primary school, things that didn't bother other kids would send me into an absolute meltdown. A small change like a supply teacher for the day would completely throw me.

Secondary school was even worse. I was bullied for five years and the experience still dictates my feelings about myself and my view of the world to this day. 

You can make a difference to someone with OCD

I want to tell you about a manifestation of OCD that isn’t well known about, so that more people can understand it. I used to experience an obsession of constantly apologising to people, even for things that I hadn't done, things that were in my head. I would even apologise to random strangers.

OCD is hard but supportive family and friends help

For far too long I have put off writing a blog about my experience of mental health. I suppose I was frightened of reliving such dark days and feared the judgement of others. However, for me it's time I shared my story. I need to help change attitudes around mental health by speaking up about my journey and aiding others to understand that actually mental illness can be just as debilitating as physical illness.

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