Information resources

Intended for: Concerned about a related disorder, Professional, Education Professionals

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A short film explaining OCD and the treatment available.
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Our Factsheets 12 resources

What good CBT should look like
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To take with you on your first visit to your GP
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Understanding BDD and treatment options
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Looking at Habit disorders, skin picking and hair pulling
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Information about hair pulling know as Trichotillomania (TTM)
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Looking as the Habit Disorder Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP)
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A leaflet provided by South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, clearly explaining their recommended Hoarding Disorder treatment programme
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It can be difficult to talk to a person about getting help for their OCD. This article has some helpful suggestions about how you can broach the subject.
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An information leaflet on Perinatal OCD, taken from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website
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The British Psychological Society's guide to Hoarding Disorder
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The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) of Australia's resources for overcoming Body Dysmorphia
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Self Advocacy information and worksheets 15 resources

Information and worksheets to help you to navigate the treatment system and to communicate more effectively.
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A simple guide to help you identify which routes you can take to access treatment for your OCD or BDD
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Information and top tips to help you to develop a plan of action so you can self advocate.
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The first step to self advocating is making a plan, this worksheet will help you set out what it is that you want to achieve.
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Communicating effectively is essential when it comes to self advocating. This guide provides information and useful tips to help you communicate clearly to ensure you are being heard.
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A useful resource which will help you prepare for any upcoming meetings and/or appointments.
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It can be difficult to describe the symptoms of your OCD/BDD, but the information you provide the healthcare professional with is vital in ensuring you receive the right diagnosis/treatment.
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A brief overview of the recommended treatments for OCD/BDD.
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A useful worksheet to help you plan for meetings and appointments.
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A useful worksheet to help you summarise important appointments.
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Information and tips on how to effectively communicate through letter writing.
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Information and tips on how to effectively communicate during telephone calls.
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A useful way to keep track of telephone conversations.
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CMHTs are secondary care services provided by the NHS. They are made up of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals working with adults, often between 18 and 65.
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The Equality Act 2010 can provide you with protection from discrimination and give you the right to request reasonable adjustments when accessing services or at work/in housing/in education.
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Advocacy and Your Rights 3 resources

Covering your rights if you are detained under the Mental Health Act because of your OCD. Please note that this is a newly revised resource.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a hidden condition that affects between 1-2% of the population and is frequently misunderstood. This leaflet will help you as an employer to understand OCD and how people with the condition can contribute to your workforce and deliver their best to you.
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Whether you are a tenant or a home owner, there could be times when your OCD is making your life very difficult.
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Videos and Presentations 29 resources

Getting the most out of your CBt - Paul Salkovskis
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Getting the most out of your CBT
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A presentation given by Lynne Drummond at our 2015 National Conference, looking at new updates with OCD.
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A presentation on 'How we see OCD', given by journalist and author, David Adam, at our 2015 National Conference.
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A talk given by Professor David Veale at our 2018 National Conference.
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A presentation given by Dr Lynne Drummond at our 2018 National Conference.
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A question and answer session about effective treatment for OCD, with Professor David Veale, Dr Lynne Drummond, Dr Rob Willson, Dr Amita Jassi and Ashley Curry.
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Author Rose Cartwright and TV presenter Sean Fletcher speak about how OCD is represented in media.
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A video message about OCD from Johnny Mercer MP who is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health
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Video presentation on BDD and treatment options
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A look at Habit Disorders and treatment options
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A look at coping with health anxiety
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A look at how to cope with panic attacks
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A look at phobias and treatment options
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An overview of BDD by Rob Willson given at National Conference 2014
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A presentation by David Veale on OCD and depression, given at National Conference 2014
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A presentation given by David Veale at our 2015 National Conference, on whether Mindfulness meditation is relevant to OCD and BDD.
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An inspirational speech about overcoming intrusive thoughts, given by Rose Bretécher at our 2018 National Conference.
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An inspirational speech given by David and Laurenne Goldstone at our 2018 National Conference.
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A truly inspirational speech given by Chair of the OCD Youth Panel, Richard Taylor, at our 2018 National Conference.
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A Q&A session with crew and contributors from the film 'UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie', which took place at our 2018 National Conference.
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A workshop delivered by the OCD Action Advocacy team on how to get what you want using self-advocacy skills.
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A presentation delivered by professor David Leave at our 2019 National Conference, in which he asked audience members to speak to and challenge their OCD on stage.
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Professor Paul Salkovskis provided an update on current treatments for OCD and explored future psychological help during his talk at our 2019 National Conference.
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A presentation given by leading OCD expert Professor Paul Salkovskis at our 2019 National Conference.
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A Q&A panel with Dr Amita Jassi, Dr Bruce Clarke, Professor David Veale, Dr Ilenia Pampaloni and Professor Paul Salkovskis - chaired by Maria Bavetta (Maternal OCD).
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The closing inspirational speech given by Dan Furlong at our 2019 National Conference
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A presentation given by Lynne Drummond at our 2015 National Conference, looking at how best to support a person with OCD.
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An inspirational speech given by Sophie and David Goldstone, at our 2019 National Conference.
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Campaigning 4 resources

OCD Action's manifesto for improving access to quality treatment for people with OCD
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Template letter to MPs
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A downloadable poster for OCD Week of Action
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Facebook and Twitter banners for OCD Week of Action
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Schools 3 resources

This guide is to inform you about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact OCD can have on the lives of your students. It also gives you advice on how to help the young person and work with their parents to support them as much as possible.
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To assess students’ attitudes toward Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. By the end of the lesson students will be aware of their own attitude towards Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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A short film by OCD Action, highlighting the effects that OCD can have on students and what signs educators can look out for.
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From the Online Community 12 resources

Information and resources for HR professionals on how spot signs of OCD and support employers at work.
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An article written by Daisy Yuhas for Spectrum News: www.spectrumnews.org
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 [View the story "Week of Action - Twitter chat on changing stigma" on Storify]
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  [View the story "OCD Week of Action - twitter chat on support groups" on Storify]
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[View the story "OCD Week of Action - Twitter chat on Advocacy" on Storify]
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  [View the story "OCD Week of Action - Twitter chat on OCD, BDD and Treatment" on Storify]
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[View the story "OCD Week of Action - Twitter chat on Child and Adolescent Mental Health" on Storify]
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A booklet put together by service users from The Wirral and Liverpool areas, which combines artwork, poetry and personal stories from people battling mental health issues, and aims to inspire, provide hope and useful tips to help on the journey to recovery.
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A guest post written by Ariel V.T, a writer and mental health advocate, writing for trichstop.com.
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MAN_AGE aims to publish meaningful stories of perseverance amidst mental health struggles in an effort to challenge unnecessary societal pressures, create a community of voices and combat isolation.Visit the MAN_AGE websiteTwitter: @ManAgeOfficialInstagram: @ManAgeOfficialFacebook: @M
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An article looking at Trichotillomania, the facts, treatment and personal stories
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It's normal to have worries about how we look. But what happens when these concerns get so out of hand they stop you from going out? Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an obsessive preoccupation with perceived defects in ones appearance. The condition manifests through distressing compulsions such as o
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Books and further reading 8 resources

Full NICE Guidelines
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Outlines how OCD should be treated
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Overview of the approved treatment for OCD
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Article about the assessment of risk in OCD
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Self-assessment competency tool for Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, taken from IAPT website.
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"When OCD Says You are a Monster" Treatment Strategies for Harm OCD & other Complex OCD; Master Clinician Workshop
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Books focusing on OCD related Disorders
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Our Reports 2 resources

Our advocacy service for adults with a diagnosis of OCD has now been running for 5 years and remains the only OCD-specific service in the UK. Our evaluation looks back over the difference we have made to the lives of those we have worked with, what we have learned along the way and how we see the future of the service.
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External Links 4 resources

Maternal OCD is a charity that focuses on support for mothers with OCD
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Information about the International OCD Foundation, a non-profit organsation providing support, education and resources to those affected by OCD and related disorders, as well as professionals.
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A website focusing on hoarding with a range of resources and further links
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Website focusing on trichotillomania
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