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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    Fresh Start

    October 26th 2018

    University, is a challenging time for anyone. Moving out, meeting people, being faced everyday with new challenges and expectations. Whether you are moving out of your home for the first...Read More.


    OCD and the Media

    By Richard August 22nd 2018

    Whenever I see an article, TV show, film or book that has OCD in the title or description, I immediately feel apprehensive. I’m not sure whether I’ve been conditioned to...Read More.


    When OCD Has A Friend…

    By Richard August 6th 2018

    Often when you live with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), you find that the illness doesn’t travel alone. When I was diagnosed with OCD at fifteen, I was also diagnosed with...Read More.

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    The Light Jar book review

    By Nicole July 31st 2018

    When I saw Lisa Thompson was bringing out a new book, I was so excited! I loved her debut novel; The Goldfish Boy. Like the Goldfish boy, The light Jar...Read More.

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    Smallest Things

    July 23rd 2018

    As a child I never knew I had anxiety, all I knew was that I had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that wouldn’t go away. It...Read More.

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    Pokémon Go. It sent 90s kids back in time to relive their childhood when it was released in 2016 and it seems like the whole world followed suit. It very...Read More.

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    My First Mental Health School Talk

    By Richard June 28th 2018

    When I was 17, the world was well and truly my oyster. I was the Head Boy at my sixth form, I was one of the few students who could...Read More.

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    A Little Bit OCD?

    By Katy May 15th 2018

    There’s been a lot of debate about the seemingly harmless phrase, “a little bit OCD”. It’s used on TV, in interviews and even for celebrity campaigns. It’s seen as a...Read More.

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    Awesome Artwork Themed Around OCD

    By Richard March 9th 2018

    The artwork in this post was created by Eimear, a student in Edinburgh, and we desperately wanted to share it on the website. She commented that, “I actually have been...Read More.

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    I don’t often find myself consciously thinking about OCD as much anymore because it’s usually something that happens on autopilot. Like an app functioning in the background, OCD ticks along,...Read More.