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OCD news relevant for Health Professionals - Please also check our calendar of OCD events and workshops for Health Professionals.

A bit like that? Combatting the myth about OCD

Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald

This article was written by Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald and was first published during OCD Awareness Week, October 2011.

As a Clinical Psychologist working with people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), there are six words that for me epitomise the level of ignorance that exists around OCD: ‘Oh, I’m a bit like that’.  We’ve all heard someone say them. Whether it’s someone referring to the fact they like a tidy desk at work, or someone talking about how grim some festival toilets were, we’ve all heard someone discuss how they can be ‘a bit OCD about things like that’.

OCD, in this misunderstood form, seems to have become a very popular disorder. People view OCD as a quirky character trait meaning you like things done in a certain way, or in a certain order, or have your own routine which you are fond of and like to stick to. Alternatively, due to the media’s insistence as portraying OCD as an addiction to hand-washing and an intolerance of germs, OCD is viewed as an almost positive character trait. People believe by declaring themselves as ‘a bit OCD’ they are proudly declaring that they keep their home neat and tidy. Indeed nowadays it seems that people seem to aspire to have OCD and are very keen to tell others ‘Oh, I’m a bit like that’.

Article posted on: Tue, 24/07/2012 - 2:38pm Read more...

Effective treatment for an unnecessary illness

Prof Paul Salkovskis

Effective Treatment for an Unnecessary Illness: Where's mine?

In previous themes in OCD Awareness Week, it has been shown that OCD is a devastating and destructive problem which causes massive damage to the quality of life of both sufferers and those closest to them. It has been pointed out that, far from being an incurable disease, OCD can be eliminated with the right treatment delivered properly and with care and respect for the sufferer. We have summarised this by indicating that OCD is an UNNECESSARY DISEASE. This fact is recognised in various places, but perhaps most notably in the NICE guidelines for the identification and treatment of OCD published in 2005:

Now, this should be really good news because providers of NHS treatments are supposed to both share this information regarding best practice with service users and follow such guidelines unless the service user wishes to consider other options for their treatment once they have been informed of the options.

Article posted on: Tue, 24/07/2012 - 10:59am Read more...

Are symptoms of OCD linked to movement disorders?

Are symptoms of OCD linked to movement disorders?

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that some people with certain rare illnesses such as Huntington’s disease and Sydenham’s chorea that affect their ability to control their movements, also show symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD). Researchers think this may be because both movement disorders and OCD are caused by changes in the brain.

Article posted on: Mon, 21/05/2012 - 5:12pm Read more...

Spring 2013 Parents OCD Conference

one-day conference specifically for parents of children (school age) with OCD

OCD-UK are delighted to announce that during Spring 2013 we will be hosting a one-day conference specifically for parents of children (school age) with OCD.  

The conference aims to explore and provide practical advice and solutions to the problems Mum’s and Dad’s face dealing with their child’s OCD,  from dealing with the OCD at home, dealing with their child’s school and problems many parents tell us they have in accessing formal diagnosis and treatment through their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).   Although this conference is aimed primarily at parents of children with OCD, we believe the event will also benefit those that work with children with OCD within a CAMHS and teaching setting.

Article posted on: Sun, 13/05/2012 - 12:28am Read more...

Personal Independence Payment (PIP): assessment thresholds and consultation

The Department for Work and Pensions

By Catherine Mills, vice-chair OCD-UK.

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pension policy, which is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers

In January 2012 the Department for Work and Pensions issued a consultation document which outlined in more detail, the assessment criteria for the new Personal Independence Payment which will replace Disability Living Allowance from 2013. The full document can be viewed at on the Department for Work and Pensions website here.

The following comments were fedback to the DWP by OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/05/2012 - 5:37pm Read more...

IAPT programme grabs other NHS mental health funding

Pulse is a news website that publishes stories on the NHS.

The headline-grabbing rollout of the Government's flagship Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) psychological therapies programme has not been funded by new money and comes at the expense of existing mental health initiatives, PULSE revealed this week.

Pulse is a news website that publishes stories on the NHS, primary care and the latest clinical developments.

Projected figures for mental health funding from 60 PCTs shows that GPs face a shrinking choice of services to which they can refer patients, with overall funding flat as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) rollout continues.

Article posted on: Thu, 19/04/2012 - 2:25pm Read more...

Mothers and OCD children trapped in rituals may have impaired relationships

A new study from Case Western Reserve University in the US suggests that mothers tend to be more critical of children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) than they are of other children in the family with such parental criticism possibly leading to poorer outcomes for the child after treatment.

Parent criticism has been associated with child anxiety in the past, however, researchers wanted to find out if this is a characteristic of the parent or something specific to the relationship between the anxious child and the parent.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/04/2012 - 9:31pm Read more...

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