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Information and news related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 2

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 2

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 2
People who have OCD intrusive thoughts of a harmful nature are not dangerous.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:00pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 2

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 2

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 2
Myth: Having OCD can be a useful thing
Mythbuster: OCD is a debilitating mental illness and prevents sufferers from living life as they choose, nothing about that is useful.

Article posted on: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:00am Read more...

Eva - I am strong and you are too

Eva

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

"I am strong and you are too" says Eva.

Today 10-year-old Eva sent us this fantastic short video where she talks about her own struggles with OCD. We all know it takes such courage to open up about our OCD, so for Eva to do so on film for us all to see is a fantastic achievement. Please all do watch and admire her bravery and determination to challenge her OCD. We're incredibly proud of Eva and wish her the very best with her therapy.

To view the video please click the 'read more' link.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 2:12pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 1

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 1

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 1
An estimated 1.2% of the UK population have OCD, that’s about 780,000 people (1.6% in the US).

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 12:00pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Myth 1

OCD Awareness Week - Myth 1

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 1
Myth: OCD is an enjoyable personality quirk
Mythbuster: People with OCD feel like they HAVE to carry out a compulsion because of distress and anxiety, it is not a choice or a quirk.

Article posted on: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 10:00am Read more...

Your Right to Choose - NHS Mental Health Treatment Provider

In April 2014, the then coalition government established legislation for people with mental health conditions to have the same legal right as those with physical health conditions to choose their health care provider.

The NHS stated that patients in England have the legal right to choose any clinically appropriate mental health provider that has a contract with any Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England for the service required.

Partly because of the way the NHS England guidance was interpreted by many different health professionals and NHS services, the legislation is not something that has been widely publicised or is known about.

As we first reported to OCD-UK members in the last member’s magazine, we have been speaking with NHS England's 'Patient Choice' team to clarify the legislation and how people seeking treatment for OCD or BDD can implement it.

At the moment when a patient requires treatment they are automatically referred (or they can sometimes self-refer) to their local service within the same CCG area that they are registered with a GP. For the majority of people that will be fine, and travel restrictions may mean they can only access local services anyway. However, for others where travel is not restrictive, there may be occasions where they may wish to be referred to a different NHS service for their treatment.

Article posted on: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 1:48pm Read more...

Reclaiming travel costs for NHS treatment

Did you know that if you are referred for NHS specialist treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor or other health professional that you may be eligible to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)?

Reasonable travel costs will usually be considered public transport (cheapest tickets, so not first class) or if driving, the mileage rate used by your local CCG. You may also be able to reclaim unavoidable parking, toll or congestion charges. Taxi costs are not usually eligible for reimbursement, so would need to be agreed in advance.

The ability to reclaim travel costs is perhaps most helpful for those that have to travel out of their local area to attend specialist OCD treatment at one of the national OCD clinics in London or Bristol, but you may also be eligible to reclaim travel costs for OCD treatment at other locations. It's important that the cost of travel does not become a barrier to quality treatment, so please do reclaim your travel expenses if you are eligible.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:47am Read more...

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