Information resourcesIntended for: Parent of a young person with OCD, Concerned about a related disorder, Concerned I may have OCD, Concerned about someone else, In Treatment
Highlighted Resources 5 resources
Overview of CBT - one of the recommended treatments for OCD
Our Factsheets 22 resources
Helping a loved one to take the first steps to treatment.
A leaflet provided by South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, clearly explaining their recommended Hoarding Disorder treatment programme
An information leaflet on Perinatal OCD, taken from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website
The British Psychological Society's guide to Hoarding Disorder
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.
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.
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 18 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.
Information and tips on how to effectively make a formal complaint, including a useful worksheet.
Advocacy and Your Rights 8 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 46 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
An overview of BDD by Rob Willson given at National Conference 2014
A presentation by David Veale on OCD and depression, 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
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.
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
Campaigning 2 resources
Schools 1 resource
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.
From the Online Community 16 resources
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A guest post written by Ariel V.T, a writer and mental health advocate, writing for trichstop.com.
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 7 resources
What are the Psychological Factors that Influence Hoarding Disorder? Summary of Research carried out.
Policies & Website Guides 1 resource
More detail about our Helpline and Email service. Revised 01/14 Review date: 01/15
External Links 4 resources
"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.