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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    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.

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    Getting Help – BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) and Counselling Directory

    August 27th 2015

    Ok, so you are perhaps thinking of getting some help. Now the first point of call should be your GP, this is because they can refer you to the relevant...Read More.

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    Details for the meetup on 5th September

    August 25th 2015

    Meeting at the venue in the cafe called The Lodge at 1pm, to grab a bite to eat or drink and chill out whilst everyone begins to arrive. At 1:45pm...Read More.

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    OCD Youth Meetup

    August 6th 2015

    Hi, The latest meetup is coming up and is going to be at the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre. Activities include skiing or snowboarding and sledging. Also a chance to meet...Read More.

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    Getting help for OCD (under 18)

    August 1st 2015

    GETTING HELP FOR OCD Treatment for OCD usually is either CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), or medication. Getting into the system for getting professional help...Read More.

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    Telling friends about OCD

    July 20th 2015

    Telling friends about your OCD can be quite scary or intimidating. Especially as most people don’t know what OCD is, it can be difficult for people to understand, but hopefully...Read More.


    Behind Closed Doors

    June 2nd 2015

    The animation (below), created by Andrew and Imogen (YAP Events Officers), can act as a way to visually see how OCD is behind closed...Read More.