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.

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.

Why trivialising OCD is so harmful

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Despite being a serious and life-altering mental health problem, OCD is a term so often used as a scapegoat for people to explain everyday behaviour. People say things like "I'm sorry, I'm just so OCD!" because they want something to a bit tidier or neater than it is. They laugh about it, shrug it off and don't realise that every time they do they're trivialising a condition that literally ruins people's lives. 

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