OCD
"The key to OCD is realising that despite their compulsions they have to fit in with the world, not the world change for them, if they want to be well with their condition"
Chez Payne-Annetts
Practice Manager at the OCD Centre


This project comprises five prototypes to help OCD sufferers. The objects do not attempt to facilitate the sufferers' life but rather to 'spike' their condition. The direct confrontation of their condition helps the sufferers to take control of their anxieties rather than to be dominated by them.

Some of the prototypes were tested during a five-days intensive course at the OCD Centre by eight sufferers and two therapists. Their feedback helped refine the products.

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OCD TAP
The tap is fitted with a small device to harmlessly change the colour of the water to make it look 'contaminated'. The compulsion to repeatedly cleanse hands is confronted.


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OCD stickers
A set of transparent 'desk object' stickers to be stuck on a work desk. The stickers are arranged chaotically. 'Order' sufferers will be tempted to place items (eg. pen, stapler) on the matching sticker. If they do, the desk top appears chaotic; if they don't, nothing is in the 'right' place. It's a lose - lose situation and the compulsion must be confronted.


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OCD tape
This tape uses a familiar hazard graphic to communicate unfamiliar and irrational warning messages. It is used to delineate 'dangerous' territory. The messages 'spike' anxiety in the OCD sufferers which must be actively confronted.


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OCD cutlery
The cutlery is 'poison tipped'. The toxic pink tips clash with the notion of natural, healthy food and create a compulsion dilemma for the sufferer that needs to be confronted.


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OCD book
The book has perforated pages to permit the sufferer to tear each page out once it has been read. The desire to repeatedly turn back and reread the last section of the previous page is confronted.


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