Maternal OCD Project

We are always looking for ways to spread awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the media is one the fastest and most effective ways of getting the message out there. We encourage people to come forward and talk about their experiences of OCD – if they feel comfortable doing so – as it helps others feel that they are less alone, and helps inform the public about the reality of having OCD. One aspect of OCD that is often overlooked is Perinatal (maternal) OCD. Watershed - the makers of BBC3’s Extreme OCD Camp, are currently working on a new project to combat this and are looking for people to take part!

As well as working with the Maternal OCD Charity, they are also working with some of the country’s leading experts in OCD including Dr Paul Salkovskis and Dr Fiona Challacombe. Their aim is to raise awareness of the condition and make an engaging series that will show that with therapy, recovery is possible. Currently a development producer Anna-rosa Coppi is looking for mums to talk about their experiences.

"At this stage, I am trying to find mums that can talk about their condition and the challenges they are faced with on a daily basis. This is just the early stages of research. I would like mums to get in touch if they clean and check things compulsively- more than other mums,  If they obsessively worry about their children,  If they have unwanted thoughts they can’t get rid of, And if their compulsions to clean or keep their child safe is taking up all their time."

Please get in touch with Anna ( cast@watershedtv.co.uk ) if you would like to take part or find out more information.

What is Perinatal OCD?

Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder which occurs in pregnancy or postnatally.  It may be a new and sudden onset in those with no previous history or an exacerbation of existing OCD. Symptoms commonly orientate around the baby and care-giving. This disorder takes away the enjoyment of being a mother. It is characterised by having:

  • Recurrent, unwelcome thoughts, images, ideas or doubts (obsessions) that are experienced as intrusive and that cause distress, e.g. fear of contamination and/or harm coming to the baby.
  • Related behavioural or mental acts (compulsive rituals) which are aimed at reducing,  suppressing or preventing a feared outcome e.g. cleaning, checking, seeking reassurance.
  • Significant impairment in a number of domains e.g. inability to bond, lack of enjoyment, being housebound.

For more information on Perinatal OCD, you can visit www.maternalocd.org

If you'd like more information about our work with the media, email media@ocdaction.org.uk