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Information and news related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Had OCD treatment during 2011-2012? We might need your help!

Please help us by completing our research survey.

OCD-UK are conducting an independent review to capture people’s experiences of trying to access psychological therapy for the treatment of OCD through the NHS, and we are asking for your help with this review. This is just a reminder that if you have tried to access OCD treatment through the NHS during 2012, please do take the time to complete our survey over the next few days if you have not already done so.

Despite the introduction of the IAPT programme, OCD-UK remain concerned that in England the quality of treatment, and access to treatment for OCD is not improving at the rate it was promised. We also know from feedback from people in other parts of the UK that the treatment provision is even bleaker. This conclusion has come from listening to our members, be that through email, on our forums, or just by listening to those that call us on a daily basis. However, we are conscious that we need to research whether our conclusion is accurate or not and get some data to support or refute our conclusion.

We very much hope that through the project's duration, the evidence highlights improvements in treatment provision for OCD.   The results we capture through the project will be made available to the NHS and the Dept of Health to help guide them towards further improvements where necessary.

Please click the read more link to see if you are eligible to help us with this valuable research. Thank you.

Article posted on: Wed, 03/10/2012 - 2:07pm Read more...

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...

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