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New study suggests OCD tendencies affects 11% of postnatal women

A study by researchers (Miller, Chu, Gollan and Gossett) at the Northwestern University in Chicago (US) have reported that that 11% of women who have recently given birth have a much higher rate of OCD symptoms compared with 2% to 3% of the general population.

“It may be that certain kinds of obsessions and compulsions are adaptive and appropriate for a new parent, for example those about cleanliness and hygiene,” said senior author Dr Dana Gossett, “But when it interferes with normal day-to-day functioning and appropriate care for the baby and parent, it becomes maladaptive and pathologic.”

Article posted on: Tue, 05/03/2013 - 8:07pm Read more...

OC Cleaners - Response from Professor Salkovskis

Professor Paul Salkovskis

Our concerns about Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners have also been echoed by one of the leading OCD experts, Professor Paul Salkovskis.

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners
I first heard about what I presume was this programme when I was contacted by the Production Company, Betty TV. They floated the idea with me. I was horrified and I expressed my concerns with detailed reasons (all of which concerns have now been realised in the actual programmes).

Article posted on: Tue, 05/03/2013 - 5:49pm Read more...

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner - A psychologists opinion

Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald

Last week we published our feedback about the Channel 4 programme, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners which was broadcast on Wednesday night. Today we hear from one OCD specialist, clinical psychologist, Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald.

Having watched the first episode of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners I have mixed emotions about the programme but my over-riding feeling is one of sadness. I feel here was a wonderful opportunity to promote awareness and reduce stigma of a debilitating mental health condition, which was not only missed, but instead used to endorse a stereotype that clinicians and sufferers know to be untrue.

Having not been involved in conversations with the production company, it is difficult to comment, but my understanding is that they have stated that there was no intended link to OCD. However, 'obsessions' and 'compulsions' form the diagnostic criteria of OCD, so by calling the programme 'Obsessive Compulsive' cleaners, they are referring directly to the condition, whether this was intentional or not.

Article posted on: Mon, 18/02/2013 - 6:24pm Read more...

New hope for Tourettes Syndrome patients

Professor Stephen Jackson

Last night, Inside Out West Midlands and East Midlands broadcast a feature about pioneering new Tourette's research taking place at the University of Nottingham, and it can be viewed online via BBC iPlayer for the next week.

The research hopes to offer new hope for Young people with Tourette's Syndrome as a result of the pioneering work by Professor Stephen Jackson and his team at the University of Nottingham.

Because of the overlaps between OCD and Tourette's, where often a person with Tourette's may have co-morbid OCD symptoms, OCD-UK have been invited to participate in helping the researchers during the coming months.

Article posted on: Tue, 29/01/2013 - 7:22am Read more...

New national OCD treatment centre - Bristol

Professor Paul Salkovskis

In December OCD-UK broke the news that a unique new NHS specialist treatment centre for OCD and Anxiety is to be launched through a partnership between the University of Bath and Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust (AWP) led by OCD-UK patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis.

Since we broke the news, official details have now been confirmed about referral access to the new clinic.

Based in South Bristol the Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems aims to meet a gap in highly specialist evidence-based treatment for a range of psychological problems, in particular focusing on those patients that suffer with OCD.

Article posted on: Fri, 25/01/2013 - 7:01am Read more...

New national treatment centre for OCD in the West of England to be announced

Professor Paul Salkovskis at the OCD-UK conference

OCD-UK have today learned that a new NHS national treatment centre offering specialist treatment for OCD is due to open in the South West of England early next year.

We have been concerned for some time by the fact that there are very few NHS centres which can offer specialist treatment for OCD beyond the M25 circular, and as an organisation we have been actively supporting efforts to extend the availability of high quality treatment in the NHS outside of the Greater London area. We previously supported efforts to establish an OCD service in Liverpool, although this service was not commissioned.

We are therefore delighted to learn that the University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are about to open a new Assessment, Treatment, Training and Research Centre which will provide, both a regional and a national clinic offering expert and highly specialist services for a range of psychological problems, particularly OCD and related problems. The provisional name for this new service is the Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems (CSPTARP) and the Clinical Director will be Professor Paul Salkovskis (pictured), who is a long-standing supporter and patron of OCD-UK. We also understand that the centre will probably be based in South Bristol with a possible satellite centre in Swindon, and will begin accepting NHS referrals early in 2013.

Article posted on: Sat, 22/12/2012 - 9:40am Read more...

Transcept OCD medication fails trial

Transcept Pharmaceuticals announced today that a mid-stage clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of TO-2061, an experimental drug for the treatment of OCD, did not meet the main goal of showing improvements in treating symptoms any better than a placebo. The data from the trial showed that TO-2061 did not meet the primary efficacy endpoint to demonstrate an improvement in OCD symptoms versus a placebo.

The trial was testing the drug in patients with OCD who had not adequately responded to treatment with approved first-line therapies.

Article posted on: Sat, 22/12/2012 - 9:00am Read more...

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