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  1. Dear All, I appreciate that OCD makes us feel rotten, and I don't want to pour grief on when we are already struggling but there really is no need to bypass the swear filter to use a word that was filtered out for a reason. If I can please ask you all respect the swear filter. Thanks
  2. I am not sure this is the right question to ask. You are asking how to deal with a specific obsession/compulsion but, the question I would be suggesting is a better one to ask is "what can I do to eradicate my OCD so that it doesn't intrude on my chest playing"?
  3. Hi, I am afraid the forum can not provide PDF books as this would be against copyright. You would need to access books through online retailers or from a local library. Although it's perhaps worth mentioning that books may help, but that does not replace direct therapy with a trained health professional.
  4. Feels too real to be hocd now

    Well it isn't in the respect that HOCD does not exist, it's not a medical term and the H part is not the issue. OCD does exist, and the OCD part (not the H) is the problem, that difference in how you view your problem is key to recovery. For example, when you think about OCD in general, it's perhaps important to remember that OCD will always feel real to everybody here, that is what gives OCD its power to turn logical and clever people into feeling the need to carry out seemingly insignificant rituals for hours at a time. So understanding OCD and how OCD will make every thought, impulse, body sensation 'feel' real is important to recognising and moving forward.
  5. Ah yes, I saw this at the time, it's an old article. If it's any consolation think the guys been widely discredited in the psychology circles I tend to mix in Equally if there was anything in this, it would have come about in the three years since. File this in the 'I read this, don't agree' locker.
  6. Are you able to link me the article, send in private if you prefer or email it to me? I think there is a growing trend in psychology for therapists to push their own agenda... a current agenda with some is to do away with diagnosis 'labels' for example. It's not to listen to rubbish like this, but try and dismiss it by reading content by known specialists in treating OCD like Salkovskis, Radomsky etc. Ask them and they will tell you CBT works, and when done right can be a permanent solution. Great to read In my case with some aspects of my OCD I have totally 100% resolved, other areas I am still working on with some slight adjustments and work needed.
  7. But some have shown that therapy can change brain chemistry. So why couldn't CBT be effective in that scenario (not that I agree).
  8. Who said this? Whoever this is cleary has an agenda, and it talking tosh, utter tosh. I would actually put in a complaint to his accreditation body or NHS if NHS. If CBT stops working, it's because somehow, somewhere we are getting something (often very subtle) a tad wrong, and a minor therapeutic adjustment can set us moving forward again.
  9. I think if it is whilst waiting for CBT (instead of CBT) then that's fine to maybe give it a go, but I have not read any evidence of it being effective for OCD, so be cautious of websites that claim it is, and delve a little to see who is saying it and why.
  10. Thoughts for Online CBT???

    I think that's a good description for it HDC, it may be helpful (like a good self-help book) but helpful at best, I really don't think it can be effective treatment. That said, I think where it may have far more potential, is a relapse prevention tool. I think post therapy, after someone's been given the skills, knowledge and tools to tackle OCD, it could then be a great generic resource for the patient to keep referring back to as they become their own therapist.
  11. Cbt question

    CBT is two part, cognitive and behavioural. The behavioural will involve the exercises and testing out of what happens if you don't do compulsions, effectively exposure to the things we fear.
  12. Cbt question

    But, you don't really need someone trained in ERP to overcome OCD. We need a CBT therapist, not an ERP therapist.
  13. Cbt question

    Why wouldn't they? Sometimes trainee psychologists are the most enthusiastic therapists I come across, and often they have far more upto date knowledge that therapists who have 20 years of experience. Their length of service is irrelevant ZX123 but what is important is how much 'knowledge' in treating OCD do they have. Do they attend OCD training etc, read the books etc. Usually, I find that within 10/15 minutes of chatting to a therapist I can gauge if they understand OCD and are likely to be able to help just based off their comments and terminology of OCD.
  14. Thoughts for Online CBT???

    Good for you Lisa. OCD is a very complex and individual condition. No online CBT programme can account for the individual complexities of our OCD, so is unlikley to do anything more than give you a little insight. But you can get that by reading a good OCD self-help book anyway. The OCTET research suggested no benefits to computer CBT whilst waiting for main CBT too! If they offered the online CBT whilst you wait, then that is fine. But to offer instead of 'real' CBT is scandalous.
  15. No that's right, because of the way the software and menus works it wont show on mobile version.