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Information and news related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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...

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...

Challenge your OCD, take your life back with OCD Challenge

Click here to take Elizabeth McIngvale's OCD Challenge.

OCD Challenge is online, interactive, behavioural program designed by the US charitable organisation, Peace of Mind, to help people suffering from OCD. The program was built by psychologists who are leaders in the field of behaviour therapy, and thanks to our Elizabeth McIngvale and our friends at her Peace of Mind Foundation the program has been made freely available as an online resource for anyone across the globe affected by this insidious illness.

The OCD Challenge program helps you identify specific OCD challenges, and your path to success by teaching skills and strategies for managing your OCD using the principles of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the treatment of choice for OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 15/05/2012 - 10:19pm 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...

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...

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 Read more...

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