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Ashley

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  1. I don't think anybody did suggest OCD treatment was just about cognitive therapy. I don't want to put words into BelaAnna's mount (or forum typing fingers) but the point was that here in the UK the NHS do NOT recommend behavioural therapy on its own (or ERP) or cognitive for that. It recommends up to 10 hours of CBT (with ERP). But all too frequently I am seeing people present to therapists (mainly IAPT) who are told that overcoming OCD is about writing a few worry diaries and facing your fears. Simply stating facing your fears to overcome OCD is not how we treat OCD and should not be the focus of therapy. As Dr Bream wrote, CBT makes use of two evidence-based behaviour techniques, Cognitive Therapy (C) that looks at how we think, and Behaviour Therapy (B) which looks at how this affects what we do. In treatment we consider other ways of thinking (C), and how this would affect the way we behave (B)…. It's all linked. So it's not unreasonable for a patient to expect to be offered the full recommended treatment of both parts, C and B if that's what they want, in fact they shouldn't even have to push for it. The NICE guidelines are pretty clear that we recommend CBT. Doing one without the other is only half the job. In my opinion, based of years of anecdotal evidence on here and the phone lines by only doing the behavioural we're most likely leaving ourselves open to relapsing or OCD shape shifting.
  2. Honest answer is I don't know BelAnna. The pot of money is small, and I assume to give Oxford part of the pot would mean the existing clinics would have to lose a share of the pot... I think. I keep hearing rumours the central/national funding may be pulled... but I have ben hearing those rumours years and it's still there. What is your worry about the CMHT? Anything I can help with?
  3. Yes and to Adam Radomsky too who both told me they tend to go with CBT over just ERP)... and yes to conference, it's on my draft agenda to discuss more at this years conference actually.
  4. Having ridden 60 miles on the bike yesterday. I have to say, sitting down is rather uncomfortable today.

    1. Gemma7

      Gemma7

      Well done on the 60 miles :)Unlucky with the sitting down, no pain no gain though! 

  5. Absolutely, even within some teams (one therapist knows more than another). A look at the national recovery rates for OCD highlight this too, although I tend to take that data with a pinch of salt. One of my biggest jobs on the helpline is spending more and more time having to encourage people to give CBT another chance (after multiple failures).
  6. Do you think I just put my hand in toilet water? No, I spent weeks and weeks understanding my thoughts and beliefs to get me to that point. I also managed to work out what my real fear was (not the germs), and all that helped do the behavioural aspect. P.S. Cut the sarcasm.
  7. I still can't see the rabbits by the way!
  8. For OCD recovery we do HAVE to go from one extreme (OCD) to the exact opposite (Anti-OCD). Hence why overcoming my fear of toilet meant putting my hand into toilet water wiggling it about and then eating crisps from a packet straight after with those wet toilet hands. That's not what the majority of people in the world would do, but it's about going to extremes to overcome that aspect of OCD.
  9. BDSM Porn Spam/Malware Commercial Therapy (dodgy kind - this happened last week) Inaccurate OCD advice Questionable medication advice Are all websites that at some time or another somebody, even respected users (by accident) have posted links to. It's for this reason and others that for the last 15 years the forum as run a 'no links' policy. Whilst I have not always enforced it (where I felt the link was appropriate), I thought I would try and explain why we have such a policy, hence this post. That said I am always open to reviewing such policies, so I will post a poll in the OCD-UK members area to see if members would like us to relax this policy a little.
  10. My goodness. Please think about what you are saying. This is not helpful on an OCD forum. I don't believe I have ever washed my hands before eating.... and the majority of people I know (without OCD) wouldn't just pop off to wash their hands before sitting down to share a bag of chips or something. If our OCD is focussed on a fear of viruses, all the more reason that in time at the right stage of therapy we should deliberately rub our hands over potentially dirty environments and eat.
  11. I think it's important to remember that last part Alex. I follow a fitness expert on Instagram who uploads a few minutes of their life each day. Always smiling, always positive, always somewhere exciting. But that person I know from things they've said recently are in pain and discomfort and have been for a few weeks. So sometimes seeing that smiley fun glamourous life that is portrayed on screen is not always as lovely as it seems.... remember that old saying, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.... except it's not. Is being perfect particularly important to you Alex? In everything in life or just certain things? I must admit I often tried to achieve perfection with some of my work, but these days I have found the happy place of being 95% happy with my work. But of course, perfection means different things to different people. Just checking, but you know buddy it's ok not to be perfect. I was watching Bridget Jones last night and what was it Mark said, 'I love you just the way you are'..... good lesson for us all there! Oh and
  12. I am not sure this is overly helpful for Sophhh, and actually a somewhat stereotypical view of OCD. What do you mean by this. What doesn't have to be a routine and be done to overcome OCD? You wouldn't have liked seeing me put my hands in toilet water then eat crisps then! Honestly, touching the tube or bus handles and eating is absolutely fine.... people have been doing it for a hundred years.
  13. Hello Sophhh, Much of that does make sense and I can understand how difficult it would be to block out the noises. I guess a few things are going on, the headphone are a form of avoidance (from the noise triggers) and the intrusive thoughts from the noises and sniffles and the people are causing your OCD to catastrophise the feeing of getting ill. I won't play pop psychologist by asking where some of those fears originated. Are you getting any kind of help or support from a mental health professional for this at the moment? All of that bottom line is absolutely possible to get to that place though Sophhh, one day you will take that journey and be comfortable doing so
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