When OCD affects you at work

The OCD Stories podcast is a weekly podcast that sheds a light on OCD recovery. In this episode, host Stuart Ralph interviewed 5 staff members and volunteers from OCD Action, about how OCD has affected them at work. The interviewees discussed:

  • How to talk about your OCD at work
  • The importance of self-care
  • Employment rights for those struggling with OCD

Disclosing OCD at work

Disclosing your OCD to a trusted work colleague or line manager can be tough, but also massively helpful. Having a supportive figure in the workplace can go a long way to relieving the stress of feeling you have to “hide” your OCD. But, for those who haven’t disclosed their condition to anyone, telling a close friend or family member might be good place to start. You can also join in on threads on the OCD Action forum if you would like to share your experiences with others going through similar challenges. Sometimes, the anonymity that the internet provides is exactly what some people need to open up.

Practical tips to take away

Two of the most practical tips to take away from the podcast is to remember your rights and practice self-care. Take regular breaks and know your limits. If you struggle to balance your OCD and full-time work, seek out a job that allows for flexible working where possible. Or, if you’ve been out of work for a while, consider easing yourself back into it by volunteering a few days a week. Most importantly, remember to put yourself first. No job is as important as your mental health.

When it comes to workplace rights, employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments where an employee with a mental health condition may need it. For further information on this check out OCD Action’s web page on Workplace rights. Or, you can contact OCD Action’s advocacy service.

Listen to the podcast here.