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.

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. 

When I talk about my OCD I hope people will listen

My name is Josh Davis and I am 18 years old. I have suffered from extreme OCD for 9 years of my life now and have faced moments where I have just not wanted to continue or thought I can’t. I have experienced OCD for 9 years and only just recently reached out for help.

If young people understood mental health, they wouldn't discriminate

It's six in the evening and I'm sitting in the Psychiatrist's waiting room. This is my second appointment of the day. There are seven of us waiting: a boy fresh from school in his uniform, two couples and a middle aged woman who is texting on the sofa. To the casual observer we may as well all be waiting for the dentist, we look so dull, so boring – but we are all here because we all experience mental health problems.