Information and news related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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

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

Everything in its right place

This fantastic descriptive piece of writing about one persons OCD was was first published in The Express Tribune (Pakistan) Sunday Magazine on March 4th, 2012, and we have the kind permission to republish it on our website.

An unwanted thought, pervasive doubt, dislocated dread — OCD appears laughably simple, sometimes even to those who suffer from it.

One two three four. One two three four. One two three four. One two three four. One two three “now I can just trust in God and pick up my book”. Quickly pick up book: check. Have no ‘unwanted’ thoughts during this time: check. And if this whole process doesn’t feel JUST right, you do it again. Sometimes up to a hundred times, but mostly about ten or twenty.

Article posted on: Sat, 10/03/2012 - 11:58pm

2012 National OCD Conference - Cardiff

Our annual conference takes place in Cardiff on 10th November

Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2012 we will be visiting Wales and to host the first ever OCD conference in Wales, Cardiff to be precise, on Saturday 10th November 2012. Our conference is primarily aimed at those with OCD, along with their family and friends, but we also welcome health professionals or anybody else that may also be interested in learning more about OCD.

Our conferences are a great way to listen to, learn from and even ask questions of some of the leading OCD experts here in the UK, but also to meet others with OCD and share coping experiences, and for some, to make new friends too.

Article posted on: Thu, 08/03/2012 - 11:47pm

Should OCD be removed from Anxiety Disorders in DSM-5?

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and provides clinicians with official definitions of, and criteria for, diagnosing mental disorders.

The current edition of the DSM (DSM-IV) categorises Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD) under 'Anxiety Disorders'. However, some experts have controversially suggested that the upcoming revised edition of the DSM removes OCD from this category and grouping it with putatively related conditions under the heading of 'related OCD conditions'. The proposed OCD-related conditions would include Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Tic disorders, Hypochondriasis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Trichotillomania and other grooming disorders, Eating disorders, Pathological Gambling (PG) and other Impulse-control disorders, including alcohol and substance dependence and Kleptomania.

Article posted on: Wed, 22/02/2012 - 12:02am

OCD-UK Telephone Support Group

OCD-UK Telephone Support Group

Do you need support in coping with or beating your OCD? Do you find it difficult to get out of the house, or to get to a Support Group? If so OCD-UK's Telephone Support Group is designed just for you!

Monthly, on a Monday evening, you can call in and speak to other sufferers for up to an hour using a conference call service. The group is facilitated by an experienced support group leader who has OCD himself, and is open to any OCD-UK member.

Article posted on: Mon, 20/02/2012 - 8:39pm

Presentation: Talk on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Hosted by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, a talk on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders will be presented by Dr Jan Van Niekerk, consultant psychiatrist at CPFT, in partnership with Addenbrookes Hospital.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/02/2012 - 3:19pm


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