Must-See News Items this Month

What a month it has been! So many people have spoken openly to the media about their experiences of OCD, resulting in some truly inspiring news documentaries and articles. In case you have missed any of these stories, we thought it would be useful to highlight a few of them. It’s not too late to check them out!

It is fantastic to see that people from all walks of life are willing to share their vulnerabilities. We are always inspired by celebrities, like Shannon Purser, who speak out about their battle with OCD as this helps to normalise and destigmatise the condition.

This month we wish to celebrate the fact that more and more members of the public are feeling empowered to speak candidly about their OCD. This takes enormous courage, but it is hugely helpful in raising awareness of OCD and encouraging others to seek treatment.

Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia (BBC3)

The film follows 29-year-old Liane and her boyfriend Mitch over a year as Liane starts therapy to try and conquer this crippling condition. Each week Liane meets Professor David Veale, one of the world's leading experts on BDD, who attempts to undo some of her deeply entrenched habits, often leading to uncomfortable and revealing realisations.


BBC Like Minds: Why is using alcohol to cope so common?

James explains why he once used alcohol as a coping mechanism for his OCD. Useful tips on what to do if you are using alcohol to cope.


Pure O: Thinking the Unthinkable (Real Stories)

This documentary explores how you can feel guilty for having intrusive thoughts that you cannot control and the severe impact this can have on your daily life. Professor David Veale talks about the importance of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Pure O and sufferers underline how best to overcome it.


Imperfect Me – the impact of Body Dysmorphia (Sky News)

An informative report about Body Dysmorphic Disorder and how it is affecting young people. Sky's Rebecca Williams gains exclusive access to the only specialist unit in the country that treats those effected.


OCD is More Than Just Liking Things to be Neat and Tidy So Don’t Trivialise It (UNILAD)

Three people reveal the nature of their OCD and the impact it has had on their lives.


Stranger Thinks Star Shannon Purser’s OCD made her think: ‘I don’t want to be alive.’ (BBC News)

Shannon talks about not being able to shrug off weird thoughts until she found help.


Please note that many media volunteers from OCD Action took part in 3 of the above news items. We work closely with our media volunteers, matching them with suitable media opportunities and supporting them throughout the process. If you are interested in becoming a media volunteer or would like to find out more about this, please contact Olivia on 0207 253 5272 or by emailing