Each year, we host a creative contest as part of OCD Awareness Week, inviting members of the OCD Community to help spread awareness and understanding through storytelling or art. Thank you to everyone who submitted a video this year — we had so many great videos! We have narrowed it down to 4 of our favorite videos which we think best promote awareness about OCD.
Now it’s your turn to vote! View their videos here, then vote for your favorites by simply “liking” (giving a thumbs up) on YouTube! Voting ends at 12 ET on Friday, October 14. The video with the most thumbs up between now and Friday wins! And don’t forget to share your favorite videos on social media to help spread the message of awareness about OCD!
“This Old Ghost” was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd. James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood. Working with filmmaker and animator Liz Smith, together they turned his poem into this film with the aim of using it to build awareness of what living with OCD feels like and to help bust myths around what OCD is.
I co-wrote this song to help kids with OCD. It is an inspirational song based on my own experience and feelings about OCD. It is important to make people understand that there is always hope and to never doubt it. It can also help kids with disabilities and other disorders.
Living with obsessive-compulsive disorder can interfere with many simple everyday tasks that no one without OCD would give a second thought about, let alone a twentieth thought. It is a real illness that shouldn’t be joked about. I’m hoping this video will help show people that OCD is not a quirk, it’s a disorder. Hopefully this video will help bring positive, educational awareness to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“I have OCD and Aspberger’s. I like things that are fast and loud. I love fast cars and rock and roll, and I write songs. This video is of my song ‘Ya I Got OCD Don’t You Pick on Me.’ Its about what OCD is really like. I don’t pretty things up. My therapist and I made the video together.