OCD and Depression – Annabel’s story – When I Worry about Things


This animated clip uses the testimony of a young girl called Annabel to create an intimate portrait of how coping with OCD can feel. Annabel explains how her compulsions became worse, and affected her daily life at school and at home, ultimately leading to her reaching a very dark place indeed before she received help.

The clip’s strong visuals will open up students’ eyes to how having an OCD can feel, the way it relates to stress, and how classmates’ behaviour can affect a person suffering from OCD and depression.

This animation will be particularly useful for teachers to use in discussions about understanding others, how to deal with stress and loss, and what to do when feeling low.

This clip is from the BBC series Why I Worry About Things; a collection of short animated films that use powerful personal testimony to explore mental health issues from the perspective of young people.

WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.


This is a resource for teachers teaching at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland. This would be a wonderful resource to start a conversation about OCD and depression, but also more generally to start a discussion about what might make a person feel stressed or sad, and what you can do to help someone in Annabel’s situation.

As a resource for a young person who is maybe struggling with some of the same thoughts and behaviours as Annabel this would be great too.

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Some of the topics discussed in the linked resources are challenging, and potentially upsetting. If you are a young person experiencing mental health difficulties or other issues highlighted by the resources, please seek the support of a trusted adult. If you need immediate help, please visit this page for information on what to do.