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BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience & Graduate Certificate Level 6 in Counselling Skills.


I currently work as part of the Client Support Team at The-Exchange.

I also run a design website: Cait's Design.


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OCD: My Journey

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There was a time when I couldn't leave my bedroom without using anti-bacterial wipes over every surface and door handle, every item I wanted to take out of my room with me, and showering. I spent hours and hours of my days carrying out rituals. Then, when I was too tired to carry out these rituals any more, I just curled up into my bed and refused to face the world. I cut myself off from my friends, and I worried my family. I remember telling my parents to put me in an institution so that I could start from scratch. I wanted to bin all of my belongings so that I had less to clean.

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Living with OCD and its stereotype

I'm not an organised person. I'm not tidy. I'm definitely not neat. I don't "feel uncomfortable" when a picture is hanging at an angle. So.. I can't "be OCD" right?

The truth is, even if all of those things were true, it doesn't equate to obsessive compulsive disorder.

OCD has become a term that's thrown around so often these days, I thought I'd share the truth behind the disorder. 
For starters, OCD is not an adjective. A person cannot "be a bit OCD" - a person can have obsessive compulsive disorder.
OCD is not the same as perfectionism, or being organised and neat, and it is not restricted to a fear of contamination. 
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