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
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.
As anyone with OCD will testify, living with and coping with OCD can be incredibly difficult, and talking about our experiences can be both challenging and emotional.
We have reposted this audio recording from one of our 2011 OCD Awareness Week 'Understanding OCD' lectures because of its incredibly emotional and moving impact that offers a fascinating insight into a little talked about form of OCD, Intrusive Thoughts. We were fortunate to be supported by some incredible individuals across our lecture series last year, all of whom bravely, candidly and honestly shared their experiences of the impact that OCD had on them. This is one such person, OCD-UK forum user, Legend, bravely sharing his experiences.