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 we need to talk about OCD

For too long, a vast majority of people in society have considered obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to be all about hand-washing. It’s time we talked more about OCD and spoke about the debilitating torment this illness can have and how hand-washing is in fact just one part of it all.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health diagnosis given to someone who experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Some of the types of obsessions people describe experiencing include:

Personal stories about obsessive-compulsive disorder

We have 77 stories on obsessive-compulsive disorder

The one small thing that helps me

I’ll start with “how are you?”.Sophie's blog How are you today? Are you feeling happy? Sad? Tired? Angry even? Many of us will reply with “I’m fine”. But what does that mean? It’s become such as stoic expression that hides how we really feel. Being a person with mental health problems, the word “fine” can hide my anxiety, my thoughts and obsessions. It can hide how I’m feeling in reality.