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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.
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.
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!
Image of upset child
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.

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Anxiety during pregnancy or postnatal period

Research by The study is being conducted by Dr Fiona Challacombe at King’s College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT).

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN ANXIETY PROBLEM DURING PREGNANCY OR THE POSTNATAL PERIOD (1 year after birth)?

A survey of women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment.

Perinatal anxiety is very common, but appears to be under-recognised. There is currently very little information about the identification and treatment of perinatal anxiety (anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born). We are conducting a survey to find out about women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy and the postnatal period in order to identify helpful practice and also areas which might be improved.

Article posted on: Tue, 17/03/2015 - 12:24pm Read more...

Cheaper cost to call the OCD-UK Information Line

We have today introduced an alternative to our 0845 120 3778 call number with the introduction of a cheaper 0345 alternative (0345 120 3778), helping cut costs of telephone calls for the public. 0345 numbers are charged at the same local rate that it costs to call a 01 landline number, often free from many call allowance packages.

OCD-UK will partly subsidise the introduction of the 0345 number, which is why your donations are more important than ever before.

Those calling our existing 0845 number may already be benefiting from free calls to 0845 numbers on many BT/landline call packages, however our new 0345 numbers will save money for even more callers who can call 0345 numbers from within their allowed call package allowance including from within mobile call package allowances, meaning for many people calling our charity will be completely free of charge to you.

Article posted on: Fri, 13/03/2015 - 5:37pm Read more...

Workshop: Difficult to treat? Not anymore! Cognitive therapy for OCD

This one-day workshop in Nottingham hosted by Canadian OCD specialist, Dr Adam Radomsky will be of interest to any mental health professional working with patients affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous disorder; common symptoms include washing and checking behaviour, as well as primary obsessions (i.e., repugnant, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and impulses). There has been a surge in recent research on each of these forms of OCD, with publications often solidly grounded in a variety of cognitively-based models. Although these models differ to some extent in their explanation of obsessional and compulsive phenomena, they share a number of important features that are consistent with broad cognitive principles. We will begin with a review of the theoretical and empirical work conducted on the psychopathology and treatment of different manifestations of OCD. The workshop will continue with practical instruction on the cognitive-behavioural assessment and treatment of a variety of forms of the disorder, with particular emphasis on obsessions, compulsive checking, and contamination-related OCD (mental contamination). A new way of conceptualizing and treating contamination fear will be highlighted, along with the new construct of mental contamination. The focus on checking will feature elements from our new cognitively-based approach. The section of the workshop devoted to the treatment of obsessions will feature a case of post-partum obsessions, highlighting our ability to treat this important manifestation of the problem. Although OCD remains a serious and often debilitating disorder, our ability to substantially improve the lives of those suffering from the problem has dramatically increased in recent years. This workshop will capitalize on these recent improvements through the emphasis of new cognitively-based treatment strategies for this challenging disorder.

Article posted on: Wed, 04/03/2015 - 10:39am 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...

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...

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