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I am running Reading Half Marathon 2016 for OCD Action because I want to raise awareness and reduce stigma of OCD

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  • Event: Vitality Reading Half Marathon 2016, 03 Apr 2016

OCD Action

We support people affected by OCD to help change their lives for the better

Charity Registration No. 1154202

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Hi everyone!

So inspired by my Uni friends that graduated last year, I have decided to run the Reading half marathon. I've also managed to drag my housemate Millie along for the ride as well! We've been waking up early on several Sunday mornings for training, and having done 11 miles today, we decided to take the plunge and announce it to the world!

As many people are probably aware I have OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I thought I would just write a couple of brief paragraphs about how it affects me, to hopefully improve awareness of what OCD actually is. For me I am actually not a particularly tidy person - I do like things organised, but my housemates will vouch that my room isn't always that tidy! Although that's all most people think of when they hear OCD - this isn't actually my particular type. I suffer from lots of intrusive thoughts, however I ritualise (compulsions), to try to get rid of the anxiety these bring, and neutralise these thoughts. This is often in the form of re-doing an action, which ends up taking me longer to carry out certain tasks and can make them more stressful, for example simple tasks such as walking, turning off a light switch, locking doors, going up stairs, plugging something in, and getting dressed. 

Charities such as OCD action help run support groups (which I have benefited from), research, provide help for sufferers, and raise awareness which is highly beneficial, (particularly given the mis-use of the term OCD in society). Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I have improved, although it is still difficult to deal with. However I have had amazing support, and I wanted to do something to show my appreciation to everyone who has supported me. 

As those close will know it will be a challenge around the course on the day with the OCD trying to ignore the cracks, drains and signs etc. so it will be great to have Millie and I supporting each other. 

Even if you are not able to donate, I hope that you will think twice before saying someone is so OCD for being clean etc.! 

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. (and reading my personal story!)

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