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Awareness Week

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD

Professor Paul Salkovskis

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

During OCD Awareness Week we have heard some honest and candid stories from some brave people, some of whom have commented that they know they will always have to live with OCD. So we asked an OCD specialist to talk to us about recovery and if people will always have OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis shares his view...

What to expect after good quality treatment for OCD: Recovery, Cure, Resolution or just learning to live with it?
By Professor Paul Salkovskis (Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science, Department of Psychology, University of Bath).

For OCD Awareness week 2016, I have tried to briefly tackle this tough issue at the request of OCD-UK. This is just a short piece written quickly, so please forgive me for the various things I have undoubtedly left out, and for the misunderstanding which may arise from my clumsy phrasing. 

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:31pm Read more...

Bronwen shares her OCD experience

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

As we conclude OCD Awareness Week, Bronwen tells us how important it is that through OCD awareness week even more people are made aware of the effects of OCD, understand treatment options, and fight to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

As is the case with many other people diagnosed with OCD, I can look back and see signs of OCD from the age of 15 years old, however it would be five years later I managed to get a diagnosis. Also similar to other individuals, I find that my OCD peaks and troughs as a result of life events and stress. My OCD may be considered a type of magical thinking, where most of my obsessions relate to preventing harm to others and the world around me, and my compulsions involve me repeating actions until they have been done on a safe thought or until it “feels right”. As OCD worsens, the more space it takes up- at times I find it difficult to get dressed, go up and down stairs, walk in the street, turn on and off light switches, and type on a computer.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 10:28am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 7

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 7

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different myth and mythbuster about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

Today's myth is perhaps a little reminder to us all. As we have seen from the brave stories being shared this week, even when OCD takes us to a dark place, it is possible that with the right support we can fight back, people can and do recover.

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 7
Myth: OCD can't be cured.
Mythbuster: With good therapy some people can and do recover from OCD to live happy and healthy lives.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 9:30am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 6

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 6

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different fact about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 6
The average age for OCD onset is early twenties in women and late adolescence in men, but can affect children as young as 6 or 7.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 2:10pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 6

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 6

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different myth and mythbuster about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 6
Myth: People with OCD wash their hands a lot.
Mythbuster: Compulsive hand washing is only one type of OCD symptom and that only impacts on about 26.5% of people with OCD. There are many other less visible OCD symptoms that equally cause great distress.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 1:30pm Read more...

When OCD and Rules collide

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different account of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Today's story is being published anonymously and was written by a member of the OCD-UK forums. Today's experience illustrates the difficulty that we can sometimes face in getting the diagnosis of OCD and the impact that OCD can have on loved ones.

I am 36 and I got properly diagnosed with OCD earlier this year. But when I think back, there were signs at a much earlier age.

Article posted on: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 1:05pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 5

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 5

This week is OCD Awareness Week, and each day we will be publishing a different fact about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We encourage our followers to copy the text and/or image and retweet/post across their social media pages.

 

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 5
Without treatment, OCD can severely impact on a person's education, career and relationships. Statistically you’re more likely to be single and unemployed if you have OCD.

Article posted on: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 2:20pm Read more...

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