OCD Awareness Week is promoted each October, and is a collaboration of charities around the world all working together to focus their efforts on raising awareness and changing perceptions about the impact Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can have on those that suffer. This year OCD Awareness Week takes place during the week of 8th-14th October 2012.
As a Clinical Psychologist working with people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), there are six words that for me epitomise the level of ignorance that exists around OCD: ‘Oh, I’m a bit like that’. We’ve all heard someone say them. Whether it’s someone referring to the fact they like a tidy desk at work, or someone talking about how grim some festival toilets were, we’ve all heard someone discuss how they can be ‘a bit OCD about things like that’.
Heroes Get Remembered but Legends Never Die is an incredibly emotional film that was sent to us on Twitter by one of our followers from the US, and we felt it was so powerful we wanted to share with our users on the OCD Awareness Week website.
The film, created by John Tessitore is a documentary about the life of John Cleaver Kelly. John suffered from OCD for much of his life and his inspirational story is told through the words of his family, friends and his own personal journals. Many people do not know much about OCD and the control and effect it can have on the lives of those suffering. John's struggles inspired not only his friends, but a whole community to come together and join the fight against OCD, trying to end the stigma forever. The film is directed and narrated by close friend John Tessitore. John can be found on twitter @johnnytess
Sometimes I washed my hands with disinfectant and bleach. I used to wash them so much that they bled and were so sore it made me cry. They also used to get infected through the overwashing, needing antibiotics and steroid cream to help them recover - only to be overwashed a few days later and for the cycle to continue.
My bathroom used to feel contaminated all the time even though I cleaned it thoroughly every day. I used to think my feet would be contaminated from walking in the bathroom and would leave trails of germs around the house. To prevent this I would lay sheets and towels along the hallways and round the rooms then I could pick these up so my hubby wouldn't catch the germs when he came in. (No-one else was allowed in the house for a long time to prevent them getting these germs on them). Sometimes I didn't have anything left to lay over the floor - all were probably in the wash or in the room I had piles of contaminated clothing waiting to be washed and only I was allowed to go in there.
Once again we want to send a huge thanks for the continued support from members of the Coronation Street cast, who again showed their support for OCD Awareness Week yesterday. In addition to members of the cast holding the 'I'm supporting OCD Awareness Week' placard, we also had supportive Tweets from other members of the cast.
Intrusive Thoughts tells the true story of a woman's daily torment dealing with OCD. The person whose OCD this film was based on went on to tell OCD-UK, "There can be liberation in recovery".
Intrusive Thoughts was directed and filmed by Liam Adam.