Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Open Discussion Event – Monday 29th July

June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood and mis-portrayed in the media. You’ve seen people on TV or in films being portrayed as having OCD, and it looks like it’s a funny, eccentric and harmless condition. That’s what you come away with after watching Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets” or the private detective, Monk in the TV detective series of the same name.

But it’s not funny, and people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can often lead distressed, restricted and sometimes damaged lives – unless they know where to get help.

Lifting the Myth of OCD is an initial discussion workshop which aims to bring together those with lived experience of OCD, their loved ones, and those who know nothing of OCD but would like to know more.

Tracy Tainton, event organiser and trustee of the Independent Mental Health Network, said:

“The condition is poorly understood and often poorly diagnosed. There’s a social stigma that goes with it that’s totally without justification. Eccentric behaviours like being neat and tidy, frequent handwashing, or avoiding dirt and germs are what most people think of, but OCD is a real mental health condition, which can be managed and treated with talking therapies and sometimes prescription drugs. We need to recognise it for what it is and get people the help that works for them.”

The session will take place on Monday 29th July, between 18:00 – 21:00, at the Old Library, Muller Road, Eastville, BS5 6XP. The event is free but spaces are limited – please book your place here.


June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm | News | No comment