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

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

Radomsky pioneering new treatment for checking OCD

Researchers Shafran (left) and Radomsky (right) at the 2010 OCD-UK conference

Based on previous work conducted with colleagues at the University of British Columbia and the University of Reading, friend of OCD-UK, Adam Radomsky, a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Clinical Research in Health at Concordia University in Montreal is testing a novel approach to treatment for compulsive checking that could mean vast improvements in the quality of life of countless individuals affected by compulsive checking, and perhaps others forms of OCD too.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/04/2012 - 6:46pm

Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

A new journal of OCD and related disorder articles as recently been published. The Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (JOCRD) is an international journal that publishes high quality research and clinically-oriented articles dealing with all aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions (OC spectrum disorders; e.g., trichotillomania, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder).

Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan S.Abramowitz wrote in his editorial, "An international and interdisciplinary journal exclusively focusing on OCD and related problems is needed for several reasons, not the least of which is that in the forthcoming DSM-5 (current expected release in 2013) there will be a new diagnostic category of disorders called the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders."

Article posted on: Tue, 03/04/2012 - 9:04pm

The impact of climate change on obsessive-compulsive checking concerns

Research Source: The impact of climate change on obsessive compulsive checking concerns - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Recent years have seen the issue of climate change dominate the political arena and now researchers in Australia have found that climate change can have an impact on the nature of obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviours in patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Fourteen of the 50 participants (28%) were identified as having OCD concerns directly related to climate change. The most frequent concerns involved electricity, water and gas wastage. Less frequent concerns included pets dying of thirst and one participant was concerned about house damage due to floors cracking, pipes leaking; roof problems and white ant activity. Compulsions included checking and rechecking pet water bowls, light switches, taps, stoves, skirting boards, pipes, roofs and wooden structures.

Article posted on: Mon, 02/04/2012 - 10:04pm

The 2nd EABCT meeting on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This event is independent of OCD-UK, therefore we provide this listing for information purposes only.


This conference is suitable for all those who are interested in working with patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Location: Italy Date: 10-13 May 2012 Cost: Free

The 2nd EABCT meeting on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder will be held in Assisi, ITALY (May 10th-13th).

Article posted on: Sat, 31/03/2012 - 4:41pm

CBT Therapy Tip

An example of an audio recording device

Often people tell us that hours or the day after a CBT session they cant really remember what the therapist said during therapy. This is not unusual because we can be often talking about some emotional stuff, so it is hard to fully focus on the therapists words during that moment. Good therapists will already be doing this, but when you go for therapy take along an audio recording device and listen back to your therapy session the following day. Your phone might be good enough to record, but this is an example of a good investment for £24 and records over 500 hours.

If the therapist refuses to allow you to record your sessions... ask them why and then let us know.

Article posted on: Thu, 22/03/2012 - 1:08am

OCD Master class: Updates in CBT to work with OCD

The British Psychological Society

The workshop is an intensive 1 day training in the use of Cognitive Behavioural strategies for working with OCD. The workshop will focus on the use of exposure and Response Prevention (E -RP) and on cognitive strategies for addressing the issue. Due to the advanced nature of this workshop, it may be an advantage to have had prior CBT experience. 

The workshop will offer participants a firm foundation for working with OCD using CBT. It is based on comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge and underpinned by the humanistic base. Contemporary theories of OCD, will be discussed and participants will learn about how empirically-based interventions are applied in practice.. We will also discuss recent theoretical advances in the treatment of OCD to enable them to work with complex cases such as people with ‘pure’ obsessions or mental rituals.

Article posted on: Sun, 11/03/2012 - 1:44am


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