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Intended for: Parent of a young person with OCD, Supporter, Education Professionals

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A new NHS complaints leaflet
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Our Factsheets 4 resources

Information on supporting a person with OCD
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If you live in the UK, you can be assessed and, once you’ve been diagnosed, treated for your OCD through the NHS. Some people choose instead to have treatment privately. This factsheet explains how to find a private therapist and what to look out for when choosing who you work with.
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OCD is a treatable illness, and with the right treatment a majority of people who engage with therapy get a good quality of life back. This factsheet can take you through some steps to help you engage with the right treatment and achieve this for yourself.
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Self Advocacy information and worksheets 16 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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A worksheet which will help you keep track of the medication you are prescribed.
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A worksheet aimed to help you keep track of your CBT sessions.
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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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Information and tips on how to effectively make a formal complaint, including a useful worksheet.
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Advocacy and Your Rights 6 resources

A report on our last 300 advocacy cases
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Information about our advocacy service
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This guide will give you the information that you need to know about securing a referral for your child to a national & specialist OCD service. It has some tips and ideas on how you can best present your child’s case to their Psychiatrist, who will need to make the referral and who might need to make a request to your local funder to pay for their treatment. This guide can be used for related conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
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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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If you are diagnosed with OCD and you use more water at home than is considered normal usage, then you MAY be entitled to a capped rate discount with your water company.
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Videos and Presentations 21 resources

An inspirational speech by Jo, given at National Conference, 2014
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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 given by Lynne Drummond at our 2015 National Conference, looking at how best to support a person 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 truly inspirational speech given by Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) member, Ellen, about her experiences of living with OCD
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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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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 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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This short film features young people and parents of young people who have been treated for OCD. The goal of the film is to raise awareness of the condition and demonstrate how treatment can have a life-changing impact on those affected and their family. The film, “OCD is not me” was mad
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An inspirational speech given by Sophie and David Goldstone, at our 2019 National Conference.
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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 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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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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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 4 resources

This guide is for parents who have a child who is suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is about how OCD may impact on their lives at school or college and how you can help.
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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 9 resources

Journalism student - Sonal Gupta's radio documentary - 'OCD is not just hand washing'
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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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Information and resources for HR professionals on how spot signs of OCD and support employers at work.
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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 written by Daisy Yuhas for Spectrum News: www.spectrumnews.org
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Books and further reading 1 resource

Books especially for young people and for families
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Policies & Website Guides 5 resources

About the Support Group Charter, an OCD Action initiative working with support group facilitators to identify best practice
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More detail about our Helpline and Email service. Revised 01/14 Review date: 01/15
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More information about how the charity handles confidentiality
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Our Reports 16 resources

Our report and accounts for 2011-12
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Our report and accounts for 2009-10
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Our report and accounts for 2008-09
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Our report and accounts for 2007-08
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Our report and accounts for 2006-7
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OCD Action's Report and Accounts for 2010-11
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Our current strategic plan that sets out our objectives.
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The Charity's strategic plan for 2009-12
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Our signed Trustees Report and Accounts for the year ending March 2013
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OCD Action's official report and accounts for 2013-14
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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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OCD Action's Official Report and Accounts for 2014-15
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OCD Action's Official Report and Accounts for 2015-16
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Newsletters 8 resources

The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 40
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 41
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 42
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 43
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 44
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 45
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The OCD Action Magazine, Issue 46
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These issues of the OCD Action newsletter; "Action" are currently only available to members. If you would like to know more about the Charity's membership scheme please see our membership pages under the "I want to get involved" section of this website
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External Links 1 resource

"Everything works for somebody, but nothing works for everybody."-quoted from this article 'Ten things you need to know to over come OCD' An article by Fred Penzel who has been involved in over 850 different OCD cases. Here is his take on what 'Ten thing you need to know to over come OCD'. Talking about the different methods, and treatments available, as well as how to get the best uses out of them.
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