MP Walker to give speech at OCD event
PUBLISHED: 10:15 29 July 2012
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MP Charles Walker, who spoke bravely about his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder in the House of Commons, is to address a national conference on his condition.
Mr Walker, whose Broxbourne constituency encompasses Cuffley, Goffs Oak and Northaw, spoke out last month about how OCD had rendered him a “practising fruitcake”.
In the House of Commons debate on mental health issues he talked candidly of his 31-year battle with the condition, which he said made him “operate by the rule of four”.
“So I have to do everything in evens.”
“I have to wash my hands four times. I have to go in and out of a room four times. My wife and children often say I resemble an extra from Riverdance as I bounce in and out of a room.”
Now, as a result of his taboo-busting address, he has been invited to speak to delegates as an “inspirational speaker”, at OCD Action’s National Conference, in London this November.
A spokesman for OCD Action said: “We are delighted that Charles has agreed to be an inspirational speakers at OCD Action’s National Conference.”
He added: “Charles’ account of his own struggle with OCD and his bravery in telling his story in the Commons will no doubt encourage others to take the first steps in fighting back from this severe and debilitating disorder.”