Think. feel. act. OCD.

OCD is a neurobiological disorder.  This means that OCD has to do with the way the brain functions.  Scientists have found that certain areas of the brain work differently in people who have OCD compared to those who don’t.  You’re not “crazy.” You didn’t do anything to cause OCD.  You’re not alone. And your parents didn’t cause it either, even if you really hate a lot of the things they do!


If you don’t already know this, with OCD, fears, worries and bad thoughts (sometimes they’re really disturbing) pop into your head and just won’t go away. These are obsessions.  Or once in a while, you may have certain uncomfortable urges or feelings that make you feel like you have to do something “just right” or “just so.”  What you do to try to make yourself feel better – like washing your hands over and over or redoing your homework until you run out of time and it’s not finished – those are called compulsions.  Sometimes they’re called rituals.  Unfortunately, the more you do these rituals to make yourself feel better, the more you have to keep doing them.  They may make you feel better for a little while, but the obsessions just keep coming back.  And you may feel like you’re doing compulsions all the time.

Film's featured & Further info

S9-12.S6.T4 online.jpg
For Want of a Nail
Meet Marty... a young man dealing with life, loss & love…oh & he has OCD

“For Want of a Nail” is a light-hearted drama about Marty, a twenty - 

something graphic designer, who has had these strange urges for as 

long as he can remember. 


As he's grown older they have become stronger, and have conflated with 

the deaths of several loved ones. 

Now, his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder controls his entire life –he has withdrawn into his own highly-controlled world –and, for the sake of his twin sister Mindi, he must get through today in 

order to make everything okay again … but that's far easier said than done.


Clark Alexander as Marty
Thomasin Lockwood - Mindy
Lisa Opara - Sally


Writer: Nicholas Thomson
Director: Lucy Joan Barnes
Producer: Ali Causon

DoP - Yana Rits
Art Director - Olivia Venables
Editor - Ryan Tain
Sound Design & Composition - Alex Williamson


Young Minds

Information on child and adolescent mental health.

Phone: Helpline 0808 802 5544


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232

OCD Youth

OCD Youth is run *by* young people with OCD, *for* young people with OCD.


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123

Young Minds
  • Oakhill Linkedin
  • Oakhill Facebook
  • Oakhill Twitter
  • Oakhill Google+
  • Oakhill Youtube
  • Oakhill Pinterest
  • Oakhill Instagram