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Distressing, upsetting, stressful, debilitating and disabling are all words used to describe how OCD can make someone feel and why the illness is listed amongst the top ten most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
Break Free From OCD - Book Review
The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading CBT experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer that!
Lynsey and Sam running the 2010 British 10K for OCD-UK
OCD-UK is only able to function through the generosity of our members fundraising efforts, so why not get fit, and fundraise for OCD-UK at the same time by participating in a fundraising run in 2013.
Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013
Riding from John O' Groats to Land's End, therapists and people with OCD working together with one united aim, raising awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Prenatal and Postnatal OCD
OCD during pregnancy and after having a baby has, until recently, received relatively little research attention, despite being a significant problem that is now thought to affect 2–4% of all new mothers.
Some of our East Midland volunteers
Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham.
Watch our 'Understanding OCD' Awareness video.
We hope that our video featuring Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies talking about his own OCD will offer hope and inspiration to the estimated 741,504 children and adults living with OCD here in the UK.
Locked is a short OCD film
Locked is a short OCD film, partly based on the OCD experiences of OCD-UK trustee, Claire Gellard and which previously won an award at the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading
It's with great pleasure we confirm the latest issue of our members magazine, Compulsive Reading, and what's more, in addition to the great content.
Our online OCD support forums.
Our community support discussion forums are a place where we facilitate a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other.
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Welcome to OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Our vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.

Read more about OCD-UK

Brighton Marathon

Who fancies running by the seaside? We have a few places remaining in the Brighton Marathon taking place on Sunday 12th April, but the deadline to enter is this Friday.

Or if you have a family member who likes running, why not ask them to run for you to raise funds for OCD-UK! Click the link for more details.

Article posted on: Wed, 18/05/2011 - 12:17am Read more...

Success Story - James

Starting this month, each month we intend to publish a different OCD success story. Today we start with James story, from a fear of stabbing loved ones to fear of throwing himself off bridges, in his own words James explains how therapy helped him overcome his OCD.

My Story
By James Poultney

My troubles with OCD began from when I was around ten years old. I began to experience obsessions and compulsions; I felt that if I did not shut the window twelve times or turn the lights on and off, then something terrible would happen. I couldn't figure out exactly what would happen, but a feeling of dread overcame me if I held off the urge.

I remember vividly at the time members of my family saying “Oh, James is doing his OCD thing again”. Little did we all know that it would develop into a more sinister and over-bearing mental illness. I coped with my anxiety and OCD the best way I could throughout my teens. I had no idea what OCD was and didn't really believe that I had it. I felt alone and thought that I was the only person in the world who had these 'silly quirks'.

Article posted on: Mon, 02/03/2015 - 4:13pm Read more...

Ride4OCD 2015 - OCD Awareness from Scotland to Cornwall

Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013

In August, OCD-UK’s Ashley Fulwood, patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and member Dr Lisa Marnell will Ride4OCD. They will cycle 1250 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE), through Scotland, England and Wales, across different regions of the British Isles to raise awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder whilst fundraising for OCD-UK and offering support opportunities for people with OCD along their route.

This year, unlike in 2013 they will also look to host a series of OCD events some evenings during the mammoth 19-day and 1250 mile cycle ride. Full details of events will be available later in the year, but why not take a look at their proposed route to see if they will be cycling near you.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 7:45pm Read more...

Research Participation: Lived experiences of OCD

Research by Jenade Corriette, Nottingham Trent University

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study as part of my 3rd year project at Nottingham Trent University, where I will be conducting a project into the lived experiences of those with OCD. As part of this project I wish to interview those who have been clinically diagnosed with OCD, gaining insight into individual and contextual experiences.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 7:44pm Read more...

Antipsychotic augmentation in SSRI treatment refractory OCD

In 2006, the National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) recommended anti-psychotics as a class for SSRI treatment resistant OCD. Since then there as been much discussion and controversy around the effectiveness of anti-psychotics medications for the treatment of OCD, with one research project suggesting they were ineffective, faring little better than a placebo.

In a more recent research trial led by Dr David Veale, a research trial aimed to systematically review and conduct a meta-analysis on the clinical effectiveness of atypical anti-psychotics augmenting an SSRI. Two studies found aripiprazole and risperidone can for some be effective in the short-term for those who failed to respond to previous treatment with CBT and SSRI medications. The trial found that risperidone and aripiprazole can be used cautiously at a low dose as an augmentation agent in non-responders to SSRIs and CBT but should be monitored at 4 weeks to determine efficacy.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 3:35pm Read more...

Perinatal OCD: New intensive CBT service at CADAT

Dr Challacombe presenting at OCD-UK conference

The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) known to many as the Maudsley, is both a local and a national specialist service for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. They are now offering intensive CBT for women with OCD who are pregnant or who are in the first postnatal year. For those women who fit this criteria, the OCD may have developed during this time or be more longstanding OCD.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 3:07pm Read more...

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