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It can be difficult for anyone to get a good night's rest, but for people with disorders like anxiety and insomnia it can be even tougher. 

Luckily, a brand new blanket concept has been invented which is proven to help us all get the best quality kip.

There has been plenty of research done of the positive effects of weighted blankets, and a new company called Gravity has taken that research on board to create a new product to comfort those who are stressed or suffering.

Gravity

Gravity is a weighted blanket engineered to be 10 per cent of your body weight, to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation through deep pressure simulation.

Deep touch pressure stimulation is a well regarded therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body linked to improved sleep, mood, and relaxation.

'Over the last year, we've studied the incredible science and medical research about the positive affects that weighted blankets can have on serious conditions like PTSD, OCD, insomnia and serious anxiety,' said John Fiorentino, the creator of Gravity.  

People are clearly calling out for the product, as the Kickstarter campaign to raise $21,500 for the production of the blanket has raise an astronomical $3,036,603.

Becoming a blanket burrito has never sounded so appealing. 

 

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Aaron Harvey, a mental health campaigner from Orlando, Florida, struggled with OCD for most of his adult life.

For 20 years, he was consumed by negative and often violent thoughts as a result of the disorder, but now, he has finally decided to speak up and break the stigma around OCD.

“I finally sought treatment when I started challenging my harm OCD thoughts,” he told The Independent.

 “I remember having an image flash into my mind where I was standing in front of a mirror in a dark room holding a butcher knife to my neck.’’

He continued, ‘’In that moment, I realised it was a memory, not an unwanted thought. The night before I must have self-medicated so heavily I didn't remember. I was terrified.”

The 36-year-old is speaking out about his experiences with that hope that he can encourage others with the condition to seek help.

See, many people assume that OCD sufferers are just paranoid about the cleanliness of their surroundings or become irritated when things don’t go according to schedule, but the reality of the condition is much darker for some.

It took Aaron Harvey over two decades to take control of his condition, but now he has set up the non-profit mental health organisation IntrusiveThoughts.org.

Through this, he established the Intrusive Thoughts Project, an initiative which invites people diagnosed with OCD to share their stories YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

On average, it takes people seven years to seek professional help for OCD and according to Aaron this is largely due to the disturbing and emotional nature of the condition.

“Violence. Sex. Murder. Pedophilia. Blasphemy. It's all so taboo that you spend your entire life trying to prove to yourself you're not capable of acting on the images in your head."

Although he has sought help, Aaron admits that his OCD can still flare up every now and again.

‘’It disrupts all the beautiful moments in my life, and all the mundane ones too."

His ultimate goal is to break the stigma around the disorder and in turn, offer help to people who think they have no one to talk to.  

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Amanda Seyfried recently made the decision to openly discuss her reliance on anti-depressant medication during an interview with Allure magazine in a move which is bound to resonate with fans suffering from the same condition as the much-loved Hollywood star.

While explaining that she chose not to install a stove in her guest house, she reasoned that it was likely due to her need for control – something which she feels stems from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Explaining that she manages the condition with the help of medication, Amanda insists she had no intention of weaning herself off it.

"I'm on Lexapro, and I'll never get off of it," she explained. "I've been on it since I was 19, so 11 years."

"I'm on the lowest dose. I don't see the point of getting off of it. Whether it's placebo or not, I don't want to risk it."

 

Thirty years together

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Acknowledging the stigma attached to mental conditions, Amanda insists she refuses to feel shame for controlling symptoms with medication, saying: "And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool?"

"A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category from other illnesses, but I don't think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else."

"You don't see the mental illness: It's not a mass; it's not a cyst," she continued. "But it's there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it."

 

 

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Just days after Geordie Shore's Scotty T opened up about his struggle with ADHD and hypomania, TOWIE's Sam Faiers chose to discuss her experience living with OCD – Trichotillomania.

Addressing fans and followers in a YouTube video, Sam explained that she has lived with the compulsion to pull out her eyelashes since the age of eight.

The 25-year-old reality star recalled the seemingly innocent incident which set the habit in motion before explaining that recent sessions with a psychotherapist shed further light on the compulsive habit.

With the help of the therapist, Sam soon realised that her habit was accelerated by the trauma of seeing her father imprisoned.

While Sam has been told that trichotillomania is relatively common, she hopes sharing her experience will help other sufferers.

 

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Niall Horan is known to love a good selfie, and even better is if he's showing off his slick clothes in them.

And, in his latest outfit post we couldn't help but notice how ah-mazing his walk-in wardrobe is.

The singer joked that it's "called OCD" because everything is neat, and tidy, and absolutely immaculate – there's not a shirt out of place.

 

Saturday…. Got a haircut finally !

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And we couldn't help but spot the One Direction poster in the background of his photo.

Can he get any cuter?! 

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There's a little bit of a control freak in all of us, whether it's a "quirky" (read: bizarre) cleaning habit or a hatred of odd numbers. 

Here are a few signs you're a little bit OCD (just a little, don't panic)…

1. Basic grammar mistakes fill you with inexplicable rage
"YOU'RE". NOT "YOUR".

2. This pavement haunts your dreams
Why would anyone do something so sick and messed up?

3. You'll make the bed your way, thank you very much
"Oh… that looks perfect, I'll just fix this bit… and this bit… and this bit"

4. Situations like this make your eyes twitch
Oh dear God, no.

5. You can't resist fixing things in other people's houses
You know it's not YOUR crooked picture, but that's no reason to leave it like that.

6. You want to grab this cake and run away with it before it's tainted any further
Please, just stop.

7. Odd numbers make you anxious
Why would anyone set their alarm for 7.49am when they could set it for 7.50am? *shudders*

8. Food touching other food creeps you out
Except for a basic sandwich situation which is okay… usually. But not this. Definitely not this.

 

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This beautiful piece, written and performed by Neil Hilborn, is one of the most touching and heart-wrenching videos from last year.

The poem showcases the pain and hurt caused by the difficulty of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how it has interfered in his love life.

Hilborn’s raw emotion and passionate delivery is sure to have you sobbing all over your keyboard.

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