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.

I have no time for stigma or discrimination against mental illness!

I've been experiencing mental illnesses for 16 years. I have OCD, I wasn't diagnosed with bipolar rapid cycling until 7 years ago, then a year later I was diagnosed with BPD. I have had quite a few close calls and desperate times. I have been both chaotic and painfully numb. But I am grateful to be here and truly shocked that I have made it this far.

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 78 stories on obsessive-compulsive disorder