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The Wall - A Place for #OCD Sufferers to Share the Truth About Their Condition @secretillness

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OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses out there. Typically when you hear it being referenced in common parlance, it's someone using hyperbole to reference some mild neurosis, like colour coding pens or keeping shoelaces even, but the reality is beyond anything as trivial as that.

That's what The Wall is setting out to illustrate. The 'About' page classes it as a "creative arts project", but to me it has the appearance of a kind of stripped down social network, limited to text and image posts, all of them testimonials about living with OCD. Some just share issues that they have to deal with, others decry the failure of the government to give the illness recognition, and others talk about how they intend to overcome it.

Each image has some concise text which kind of summarises the topic, and clicking them links you into a longer written piece, usually 2 or 3 paragraphs. The page was set up by Becca Laidler and Liz Smith, both of whom are filmmakers by trade, so one assumes that the project will eventually be expanded to include a video element. Laidler was inspired to start the project through her experience with her mother, who has OCD.

If it carries on gaining traction, the site will hopefully do a lot to debunk the popular misconceptions surrounding OCD, but there's a more important directive. The hope is that more and more OCD sufferers will come into contact with the site and enter into the discussion, having suddenly been presented with a place when they can network with scores of other people who share their struggles.

The site also links out to a bunch of different support groups, blogs, organisations and an online story called OCD Shop which sells a range of literature on the subject. The site really does strike a perfect balance between support for those living with OCD, and those who just want to learn more about it.



Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @Songbird_Callum


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The Wall - A Place for #OCD Sufferers to Share the Truth About Their Condition @secretillness Reviewed by Callum Davies on Sunday, April 03, 2016 Rating: 5

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