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Since 2004, OCD-UK has helped children and adults affected by OCD, their families, and the mental health professionals who treat them. This forum is one such example of how we provide a safe environment for people with OCD to come together to help and support each other. This forum costs hundreds of pounds a year in software licenses, website hosting and maintenance hours. Our ability to fulfil our mission and expand our outreach depends on the generosity of people like you, and you can do your part by joining OCD-UK to become an OCD-UK member!
Whilst anyone regardless of location in the world is welcome to use our forums, our website advice is predominately aimed at UK residents, and we adhere to UK treatment recommendations for OCD, and we do not necessarily endorse treatment used for OCD in other parts of the world.
We are a service-user forum, open to people with OCD, or their family/friends.
Acronyms - HOCD, POCD, ROCD
Some sufferers use acronyms to refer to their type of OCD. It is worth noting that these acronyms have no official medical meaning, and actually lead to confusion over the type of OCD being referred to. OCD-UK do not recommend, or endorse the use of such acronyms.
On the OCD-UK forums you are not limited to 180 characters like in a text message, so please do not use 'text talk' in your posts or they will be simply deleted without warning. Typos are allowed, mistakes are allowed, abbreviations are allowed, TXT talk is not.
Banned or Suspended Members
For the benefit of other forum users we take the smooth running of our forum extremely seriously. We never take the removal of any user from our forums lightly, therefore any previously banned forum user found to be using other alias to rejoin our forums without the permission of the moderating team will lead to them being immediately and permanently banned and your service provider informed about disruptive abuse if necessary, and if legal action is needed, for the benefit of other forum users we will proceed with this course of action as a last resort. OCD-UK may also withdraw all services to you, including membership and admission to all OCD-UK events.
Are you outside the UK?
Our forum is open to all, regardless of location but overseas visitors must take into consideration that we are a UK organisation and discussions will generally centre around UK based treatment, medication names and issues.
Before using our forums, please take a moment to read our rules of acceptability, if you are unable to accept these then we request you do not register on our forums.
From time to time, we will need to moderate the forum to comply with our own rules, or to protect the vast majority of users. This is not censorship, but is carried out to ensure the smooth running of the forum and to protect our users, therefore you agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to edit, move, close or delete any topic at any time should they see fit, and no correspondence will be entered into nor will OCD-UK be obliged to explain such actions.
Members of the Media
In order to protect the well-being and interests of all our users we do not accept postings by members of the media without prior consultation and permission from members of the OCD-UK media team. Posting without permission will result in your thread and user account being deleted.
In order to protect the well-being and interests of all our users we do not accept postings for research participants without prior consultation and permission from OCD-UK, please email your research first for approval.
For some time now the Moderating Team have been discussing the policy of YouTube links being posted on the forums. Whenever any link is posted a moderator will check the link to make sure it is suitable and not a website containing unsuitable material for younger viewers or anyone easily offended, but with YouTube this is not something we can do easily or quickly. We have spent several weeks debating the issue of YouTube links. There is some concern that, whilst much of the material is helpful, there can be lots of misleading information. We also have concerns about the younger forum members clicking links that may contain foul language in the videos and/or comments, not to mention the ridicule that some OCD videos have attracted. This week we have also had a user log on to our forums just to post their YouTube video, and make no attempt to participate in the forum community where we help and support each other.
We were weighing this up against the fear of over moderation on our part, and looked at compromise possibilities, but none of those would have given us the safety and knowledge that a video link does not contain material that goes in the face of conventional treatment methods... i.e. advocating avoidance, succession of medication etc.
Because most people know where they can find YouTube anyway, we have taken the decision to remove all YouTube links that are posted, assuming that those that want to view videos will know where to go and how to search for the appropriate video anyway.
We have not taken this decision lightly and have spent some time discussing it. As always, we will monitor the situation, look for alternative options and will constantly review the situation.
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not OCD-UK. Neither does OCD-UK necessarily endorse the personal opinions expressed by members of its management team on this Bulletin Board.
Please also be aware that by joining this Bulletin Board you will be exposing yourself to potential OCD triggers. It is not acceptable to accuse the charity, any user or moderator of triggering your OCD, self-harm or making you ill after using these forums. We recommend if you do find yourself easily triggered by comments, not to use the forums.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented, racist or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider and/or the appropriate law enforcement agency being informed) and OCD-UK withdrawing all services to you, including membership and admission to all OCD-UK events. The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. Any user found posting messages for banned users will also be subject to a ban.
Any user found to be offensive or insulting towards any OCD-UK volunteer, employee or management will have their account terminated with immediate effect as well any user suspected of working against the best interests of the charity.
It is the policy of this forum that we do not allow spam, links to unauthorised sites or sites intended for the personal gain of the user to be posted without the prior consent of the administrators.
The administrators of this forum may from time to time review private messages of specific users if they believe forum guidelines are being abused (generally this is for purposes of catching unauthorised spammers targeting users via PM).
Your account may be automatically removed after 12 month's of inactivity, to retain your account you will need to log in at least once very 12 month.
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