Information resourcesIntended for: Parent of a young person with OCD, Post Treatment, Professional, Education Professionals, Member, Newly Diagnosed, Person with OCD
Highlighted Resources 6 resources
Overview of CBT - one of the recommended treatments for OCD
A guide for clinicians working with young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic, created by the National and Specialist OCD, BDD & Related Disorders Team, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Our Factsheets 14 resources
An information leaflet on Perinatal OCD, taken from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) of Australia's resources for overcoming Body Dysmorphia
Tips on how to tell a loved one about your OCD, written by Youth Advisory Panel volunteer, Nicole.
The term 'Pure O' is often used to describe a certain manifestation of OCD, but what does it actually mean? Find out more in this factsheet.
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.
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.
There are a number of therapies and mental health treatments out there that can help with a variety of things, and that are sometimes suggested or sought out for treatment of OCD.Apart from medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the only therap
Self Advocacy information and worksheets 19 resources
Information and top tips to help you to develop a plan of action so you can self advocate.
A useful resource which will help you prepare for any upcoming meetings and/or appointments.
A useful worksheet to help you plan for meetings and appointments.
A worksheet which will help you keep track of the medication you are prescribed.
Information and tips on how to effectively communicate through letter writing.
Information and tips on how to effectively communicate during telephone calls.
IAPT services provide a range of talking therapies for various mental health conditions (including OCD). They are free to access as they are part of the NHS.
Information and tips on how to effectively make a formal complaint, including a useful worksheet.
Advocacy and Your Rights 15 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.
OCD affects 1-2-% of the general population and most people living with the condition manage it well and never enter hospital. There may be times however, when you become unwell and need to enter hospital for a period of treatment.
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).
Managing your OCD at work can be difficult. Some people hide their condition whilst others declare it. Whatever you choose to do, knowing your rights and exploring your options is essential.
This is a template letter that you could use to request your Consultant Psychiatrist to refer you to a national & specialist OCD service. Revised April 2014
Having a clear understanding of your rights and the help that is available to you means that you can be more in control of your treatment.
This guide will give you the information that you need to know about securing a referral outside your area to a national & specialist OCD service. It has some tips and ideas on how you can best present your case to your Psychiatrist who will need to make the referral and who might need to make a request to your local funder to pay for your treatment. This guide can be used alongside the referral request template letter produced by OCD Action’s Advocacy Service and available on the OCD Action website or via the OCD Action office. It can also be used for related conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or health anxiety.
Information about Community Mental Health Teams, referrals to them, and the assessment process.
An NHS Improvement document on Choice when it comes to treatment for mental ill health
Videos and Presentations 41 resources
Getting the most out of your CBt - Paul Salkovskis
Satwant Singh looks at the role that support groups can play in supporting a person with OCD
A presentation by Katie d'Ath on how to help yourself day to day, given at National Conference 2014
A presentation by David Veale on OCD and depression, given at National Conference 2014
A presentation by Lynne Drummond on revisiting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), given at National Conference, 2014
An inspirational speech by Jo, given at National Conference, 2014
A presentation given by David Veale at our 2015 National Conference, on how to recognize symptoms of depression and generalised anxiety, and useful tips to help manage your mood.
A presentation given by Karina Lovell at our 2015 National Conference, on how to get the most out of your Cognitive Behvioural Therapy.
A presentation given by Lynne Drummond at our 2015 National Conference, looking at new updates with OCD.
A talk given by Professor David Veale at our 2018 National Conference.
A presentation given by Dr Lynne Drummond at our 2018 National Conference.
An inspirational speech given by David and Laurenne Goldstone at our 2018 National Conference.
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
For a final year university project, Amber Griffith produced a short, yet harrowing video about the realities of living with OCD. Accompanied with a poetic voice over, Amber shares how her OCD affects her daily life, from the compulsive thoughts, to the crippling compulsions which accompany the
An inspirational speech given by Sophie and David Goldstone, at our 2019 National Conference.
Author Rose Cartwright and TV presenter Sean Fletcher speak about how OCD is represented in media.
Read 2019 National Conference: Overcoming Intrusive Sexual and Violent Thoughts and Images, Professor David Veale & Rose Cartwright
Professor David Veale and author Rose Cartwright discuss intrusive sexual and violent thoughts and answer questions from the audience, at our 2019 National Conference.
A panel discussion with OCD Action's Advocacy team at our 2019 National Conference.
The closing inspirational speech given by Dan Furlong at our 2019 National Conference
Answering your questions on recovering from Maternal OCD - Dr Fiona Challacombe, Catherine Benfield, Kim French and Diana Wilson (Maternal OCD)
Campaigning 4 resources
OCD Action's manifesto for improving access to quality treatment for people with OCD
Schools 4 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.
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
A short film by OCD Action, highlighting the effects that OCD can have on students and what signs educators can look out for.
From the Online Community 18 resources
A video created by Twitter user @secretillness, following the success of the Twitter community reclaiming the #OCDproblems hashtag.
A video created by Emily, following the success of the Twitter community reclaiming the #OCDproblems hashtag.
Journalism student - Sonal Gupta's radio documentary - 'OCD is not just hand washing'
[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 OCD, BDD and Treatment" on Storify]
Ashley Curry and Kirsty Inman's appearance on HCR104fm, where they speak about OCD and their experiences with it.
An article looking at Trichotillomania, the facts, treatment and personal stories
An article written by Daisy Yuhas for Spectrum News: www.spectrumnews.org
Books and further reading 11 resources
General OCD book list, including personal accounts of OCD, as well as books written by OCD specialists.
Self-assessment competency tool for Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, taken from IAPT website.
Policies & Website Guides 4 resources
More detail about our Helpline and Email service. Revised 01/14 Review date: 01/15
Our Reports 17 resources
Our signed Trustees Report and Accounts for the year ending March 2013
Newsletters 8 resources
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
External Links 6 resources
Links to OCD related charities and groups in Australia and New Zealand
"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.