Following her article in the Guardian, author Rose Bretécher has now written a tragicomic memoir about her life with OCD, which she is crowd-funding through Unbound; you can pledge here to help her tell her story. Unbound have kindly set up a discount code just for OCD Action members to get £5 off any of Rose's pledge levels for 'Pure'; just enter 'ocdaction' as a promo code at the checkout.
Media & Awareness
Ariane Sherine writes for The Guardian and New Humanist magazine, and is lead singer in comedy pop group The Lovely Electric. She has had OCD for nine years, and is always willing to help anyone with OCD. Ariane has kindly written a feature for OCD Action on OCD and Humour which you can read here.
This week, ITV is airing a new daytime programme, which follows Nik and Eva Speakman as they attempt to cure all matter of phobias and mental health conditions. One of the episodes, which aired earlier this week, centred around a girl with OCD, whose compulsions involved biting, smelling and touching things. Following her short visit to the Speakmans, she was apparently cured of her OCD.
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.
Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is back despite the huge amount of upset that it caused when the first series was aired earlier this year. You can find our initial comment on the series here.
This series programme makers have done more to include people with OCD and to talk about the severity of the disorder - but they still don’t get the point. This is OCD as entertainment and that is what makes it so abhorrent.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has a project to promote good practice working with OCD. An important part of this is to help people understand OCD and know how to get information on dealing with it.
The Trust is organising information events and stalls, ‘drop in’ consultation sessions and training. Some of these events will be in Mental Health and International OCD awareness weeks, October 7th – 18th. The Trust is also interested in your thoughts and ideas about OCD.
Details of the events are on the trust website:
Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners
We have had a lot of people contact us recently about the Channel 4 programme “Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.” For the most part, people have been upset and frustrated about the way in which the programme portrays OCD. We share this frustration
What we can do about it
It is probably fair to say that 10 years ago few people had heard about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It was not a term in common use, there were no “celebrity sufferers” and the media was largely uninterested.