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Information and news related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Edinburgh Support Group - Meeting Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Edinburgh OCD Support Group will not take place next week (25th July). 

The group will be back in August and meet on Tuesday 29th August. Details of the group can be found on their website here: http://www.ocduk.org/edinburgh

Article posted on: Thu, 20/07/2017 - 10:07am Read more...

Low intensity interventions do not have clinical treatment benefits

Researchers at the University of Manchester have concluded that low intensity interventions in the treatment of OCD (prior to CBT), as recommended by NICE, do not have any clinical treatment benefits. 

It’s already known that the NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) recommend CBT (including exposure and response prevention) for the treatment and management of OCD using a stepped care approach.

Low intensity psychological interventions are proposed at lower steps (including brief individual CBT using structured self-help materials, brief individual CBT by telephone and group CBT), moving up to more intensive psychological and pharmacological interventions at higher steps, which in reality is what OCD-UK believe the majority of patients presenting for OCD treatment should be offered. There is some preliminary evidence that self-managed therapy packages for OCD can be effective, but the NICE guidelines highlighted the need for research in to the use of low intensity therapy for the treatment of OCD.

The OCTET (Obsessive–Compulsive Treatment Efficacy Trial), led by Professor Karina Lovell at the University of Manchester, emerged from a research recommendation in NICE guidelines, which specified the need to evaluate CBT treatment intensity formats.

Attendees of our 2015 OCD-UK conference in York may remember Professor Lovell explained that the study aimed to see if using a self-help approach (either a book or a computer program), supported for a short time by a mental health practitioner, would be better than waiting for CBT.

The key objectives of the OCTET research was:

Article posted on: Sun, 16/07/2017 - 3:07pm Read more...

World Book Day and Books on Prescription

Today is #WorldBookDay and with so many fantastic OCD books available we invited our OCD forum and Twitter users to share their OCD book recommendations. Two of our favourite OCD book recommendations are 'Break free from OCD' written by three of the leading NHS specialists in the treatment of OCD here in the UK and 'Pulling the Trigger', both compliment CBT well and can be used during and post therapy.

A golden oldie recommendation for #WorldBookDay is the Twentieth Anniversary Edition publication of Brain Lock which was republished recently with new material from the author, a great book that's stood the test of time and is still sold today, 20 years later. 

With today being all about the promotion of reading, it's also the perfect time to remind you about the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme objective is to help you to understand and manage your health and well-being through helpful reading. The scheme is run by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. It is endorsed by health organisations, including NHS England and Public Health England, and delivered through public libraries. The programme has reached 635,000 people in its first three years since it launched in 2013.

Article posted on: Thu, 02/03/2017 - 11:48am Read more...

Living with me and my OCD

Good luck to Claire Watkinson who premieres her brilliant documentary 'Living with me and my OCD' this Saturday in Sheffield. The documentary was five years in the making, and includes interviews with OCD sufferers from around the world and is well worth watching.

For those not lucky enough to be able to get a ticket for the premiere in Sheffield, there will also be a live feed via her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LivingWithMeAndMyOcd/

Huge congratulations to Claire and everyone who contributed to her film. The rewards are there to see in the final edit, and everyone should be very proud of their contributions.

Article posted on: Tue, 31/01/2017 - 2:21pm Read more...

Podcast with Professor Paul Salkovskis

Danny Whittaker from the My Own Worst Enemy website, an online support community for anyone battling with depression or anxiety related mental health issues, recently interviewed our patron, Professor Paul Salkovskis. The result was this fascinating insight into OCD and Paul's views on everything from how he likes to refer to OCD, to views on causes and family involvement.

Article posted on: Wed, 02/11/2016 - 11:21am Read more...

IAPT Annual Report Summary - 2015/2016

NHS England

In our April members magazine, Compulsive Reading we published our summary of the 'Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)' annual report of IAPT data for the year 2014/15. In our summary we reported that the data showed big differences in recovery rates for people seeking treatment for OCD with local IAPT services across England.

For those that don’t know what IAPT is, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative was introduced across England to improve access to psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Each region has its own local IAPT service commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and all with their own local name (i.e. Let’s Talk, Healthy Minds, Talk Liverpool).

The ‘Psychological Therapies Annual Report on the use of IAPT services’ is published annually and presents a picture of activity in IAPT services and of the people that used them. The report published both national data and local CCG data broken down to reports on recovery data per condition, including OCD.

Last week NHS Digital (the new name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)l) published the new and their fourth annual report of IAPT data for the 2015/16 period. We will once again review it and summarise on it in our next OCD-UK members magazine and on this website, however for those interested in stats, here is the top line from the report ( for all conditions treated, not just OCD):

Article posted on: Mon, 24/10/2016 - 10:32pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week - OCD Fact 7

OCD Awareness Week - Fact 7

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 7
OCD is no joking matter, the D in OCD means it is a disorder that causes great distress and disruption to a person's life.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 1:35pm Read more...

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