Personal Stories

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Posted on: 12th April 2018 by: Olivia

During Autism Awareness week, Steve Slavin tells us about his lifelong struggle with OCD, other mental health problems and autism. A late diagnosis of autism when he was 48 years old, prompted Steve to change his life and rebrand himself as an openly autistic person. He has created online... Read more

Posted on: 18th January 2018 by: Madeline Lynde


Imagine being trapped. Not a lot of air. Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is racing. Maybe a movie is playing, or a song. One you don’t particularly like. Over and over and over again. Imagine being stuck on the Disneyland ride “It’s a Small World” for days and weeks on end. Or... Read more

Posted on: 21st December 2017 by: efatharly

Sometimes I liken my OCD to being locked in a cinema for a personal horror film. I have to watch images of me doing horrible things or see my worst fears come to life on repeat. Imagine having to watch yourself push someone in front of a bus, or having to constantly see yourself hurt... Read more

Posted on: 8th December 2017 by: Olivia

Last week, BBC Stories published a fantastic video online in which people with anxiety disorders were interviewed about their conditions and how they affect their relationships with others. Two of the people interviewed for the video were couple India and Teo, who spoke about India's OCD... Read more

Posted on: 2nd December 2017 by: JAYNE ALDERMAN

I have been able to eat chips, burgers and other greasy products with my fingers for many years, but at my worst I could not go near cooking oil at all and the worst scenario regarding my OCD now is if someone were to come into my home and cook a meal using cooking oil and then wash up... Read more