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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    My First Mental Health School Talk

    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?

    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

    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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    Managing life with OCD when you’re recovering…

    February 9th 2018

    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.

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    How to cope with OCD during the winter months

    December 19th 2017

    Winter can be a difficult time for everyone. Avoiding colds and the flu like you’re in a PE lesson playing dodgeball. For those with OCD, in particular contamination OCD, a...Read More.

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    Good Days and Bad Days

    November 19th 2017

    The first time I ever encountered the real OCD in the media was watching the BBC’s 2013 two-part documentary, ‘Extreme OCD Camp’. My family saw it on iPlayer, and started...Read More.

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    Self-care 101

    September 5th 2017

    Self-care is such a funny thing, isn’t it? Lots of people including magazines and online influencers preach how important self-care is for our mental health and rightly they should. But...Read More.

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    How the Summer Holidays Affect My OCD

    August 23rd 2017

    Time off from the reality of life, be it work, school, university, is supposed to be a relaxing time to regenerate and rebuild, and I know a lot of people...Read More.


    Why we can all fight OCD, like Ninjas

    June 1st 2017

    I have severe OCD. I want to highlight the desperate need for more awareness about the condition and treatment available across the country and beyond, and give hope to you...Read More.

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    Mental Health Awareness Week | Why Raising Awareness of Mental Illness Is So Important

    May 10th 2017

    I dedicate my life to spreading awareness, reducing the stigma and supporting those who struggle with their mental health but also people who live with or know someone close to...Read More.