The brief:

Design a way to break down the attitudinal barriers that people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) face in society, to enable them to live their lives to the full.

The solution:

A Box of OCD stories.

There is a societal misconception that is OCD is merely being clean and tidy. For this reason, OCD is not given the same recognition as other mental health disorders.

To remove these misconceptions I designed a box of OCD, that consists of two parts: compulsions and obsessions.

Compulsions include locking doors, counting numbers, repeating thoughts, etc, and Obsessions are the cause of this compulsive behaviour. Obsessions can be logical (locking a door for fear of burglary) or illogical (needing to do tasks 4 times exactly or a family member could die).

Each side of the box I designed has an interactive compulsion on it, that opens to reveal an obsessive quote from a person living with OCD.

I designed the box using primary colours, so from the outside the compulsions look like a game, but once opened, the obsessive quotes reveal how serious OCD truly is.

The physical box was designed to be used in schools, doctors surgeries, and other educational facilities. This was then adapted into an animation, to make it more accessible to the general public.

© 2021 by Alice Combe.

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