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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    Food for Thought

    September 6th 2016

    I was obsessed with being thin. I don’t mean I worried about my weight like every other teenage girl on the planet, I mean I was obsessed. Being thin dominated...Read More.

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    Peanuts and Perspiration

    August 31st 2016

    I hated sweating. Nobody likes to sweat. It’s not a fun thing to do. It leaves you feeling kind of gross and sticky, plus it usually doesn’t smell great. But...Read More.

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    My Diagnosis

    August 3rd 2016

    My Diagnosis I was diagnosed with OCD at 16. I had been living with it for many years before that, but it was only now that I had found the...Read More.

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    Living with OCD

    April 15th 2016

    Hi Guys, My name’s Jen, I’m 21 years old living with OCD. Most people when they hear this think I must wash my hands every 5 minutes or continuously cleaning...Read More.

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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.