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New OCD-UK Book Club - Break free from OCD

Break free from OCD

 

 

NEW OCD-UK Book Club – Month: May

Chosen by the Derby OCD Support Group

Break free from OCD

 

About Book Club

  • The purpose of the book club is not to review the book, but to encourage those affected by OCD to engage in the self-help resources available to them;
  • and to promote discussion to allow the community, and possibly even some of the authors, to help readers understand aspects of the book they struggle to work through.
  • Helping to create and maintain a recovery focussed mindset.
  • If you’ve already read a book, no harm and many advantages of re-reading!
  • Sometimes it’s just fun to read and help others understand a book.
Article posted on: Mon, 30/04/2018 - 12:39pm Read more...

The Power Threat Meaning Framework - A comment from someone with OCD

Blog written by 'Gingerbreadgirl', March 2018. The Power Threat Meaning Framework document was published earlier this year, which was described as an alternative to traditional diagnosis, developed and led by a group of senior psychologists funded by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. Click the link to read the full Power Threat Meaning Framework or a shorter overview.

The Power Threat Meaning Framework

It is said that the average OCD sufferer waits seven years before reaching out for help. That help can come in many forms - whether speaking to a GP, a close friend, or someone at a charity like OCD-UK.  For many people, reaching out for help can be terrifying – intrusive thoughts can leave you feeling exhausted, isolated, even like you’re going mad. 

For me, finding out about OCD, learning that it is an explanation for so many of my experiences, and finally receiving a formal diagnosis, have been crucial in me getting to grips with my illness and understanding it.

Article posted on: Thu, 22/03/2018 - 5:02pm Read more...

Feeling Sad? Our guide to banishing the winter blues

Inevitably as our lacklustre summer fades, the colder and darker nights are upon us, and some could be forgiven for thinking that we have skipped autumn and headed straight into winter.

An observation, just from viewing the users the users who frequent our discussion forums is September and October usually sparks an upsurge in people feeling the blues, feeling sad, feeling that life is hard again and as a result, an upsurge in their OCD problems.

This is sometimes known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or sometimes just simply the winter blues.  Sometimes the dividing line between the winter blues and SAD can be blurred, so wherever you are on the spectrum, if you’re struggling with low mood please consult a health professional.  

But, be it winter blues or SAD there is a lot that you can do to help yourself, and most of which can be done very naturally with just small minor changes to our everyday behaviour.

Article posted on: Tue, 03/10/2017 - 12:37pm 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...

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