Youth Network Blog

This is a space where members are able to talk openly and honestly about issues relating to OCD. Due to the nature of intrusive thoughts, there may be some themes that are difficult to read about, particularly for younger audiences. Please take care of yourselves and those around you. We all know how difficult OCD can be to deal with, so having a judgement-free place to express yourself is vital. We also know that being able to hear from other people with similar experiences to you can be a real comfort. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy the blog!

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    10 tips for beating OCD

    March 9th 2016

    Hi everyone! I know everyone here who suffers from OCD experiences some form of stress or anxiety, whether it be from intrusive thoughts, rituals, or even just worrying about the...Read More.

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    National Institute for Health Research – Tweet Chat

    February 11th 2016

    The NIHR are an organisation  that ‘funds research into mental health because we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.’ They are  hosting a Twitter Chat on...Read More.

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    Children’s Mental Health Week (8th-14th February)

    February 10th 2016

    It’s Children’s Mental Health Week, and we have a report that has been published that highlights how there is a serious lack of mental health services in primary schools across...Read More.

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    OCD meet the Internet

    February 1st 2016

    For this blog post, we have a great piece by Bowen Zheng that covers his experiences with OCD and his very own project to help OCD sufferers. (The links to...Read More.

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    Dean Bath Half Marathon

    January 10th 2016

    One of our OCD YAP volunteers, Dean Breed, is going to be running the Bath Half Marathon on 13th March! He has a blog ( that he is going to be...Read More.

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    Are mental health problems more prevalent with children from poorer backgrounds?

    November 14th 2015

    A report has been published (Children of the New Century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort Study) by Centre for Mental Health and UCL Institute of Education. The report...Read More.

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    OCD Photographed

    October 10th 2015

    In June of this year, India George (member of the YAP) met with Tanya Raab, a photographer who documented India’s OCD. Tanya’s website is Here is her report: It’s Friday...Read More.

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    OCD isn’t a first world problem

    September 21st 2015

    Many people with varying mental illnesses, including OCD are dismissed by being told they have a “first world problem”, which causes offense, beside the problematic nature of the term itself,...Read More.

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    Getting help ASAP

    September 21st 2015

    As soon as you think you may have OCD, you should try to start getting help. You may want to avoid or put off going to your GP, telling a...Read More.

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    Dealing with OCD during school

    September 5th 2015

    A significant amount of your life, if you are under 16, is probably spent in school, so telling your teachers or the school about your OCD can help you greatly....Read More.