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  1. Another therapy approach that pretends to be new and different, but is actually CBT based and I actually don't see how it differs much, if at all from CBT understanding of the problem (or rather how a good CBT therapist that understands OCD would approach it. Try it, if it helps great.
  2. A lot of press coverage for Pure in the last week, and many of them attempted to describe Pure O and the vast majority (in fact all of them) got it wrong. Our responses to those - https://www.ocduk.org/pure-o-the-facts/ Thank you again to Gemma for her help compiling this.
  3. Ashley

    Watched pure

    It's important to remember that Pure was just one person's story with OCD, what she felt and experienced doesn't mean other people with OCD would feel the same as that person or that others can relate to her. I had my support group last night and we had 10 people in the room, and at times I am sure some in the room couldn't always relate to others. That's ok, because with OCD we're all different. The constant doubts and uncertainties you express on here are perhaps a symptom of OCD in itself. As was the need to watch to compare feelings (compulsion - which is why I hate the term Pure O as a side note). Until you're told otherwise by a mental health professional, continue to assume you have OCD would be my advice. Stay strong
  4. Thank you for your replies guys, and your responses are all generally what I would have expected, but you've also offered some good clarity to out into context, so thank you for that. Whilst researching I have stumbled across some fascinating stats from Mind surveys which again back all this up, which once I collate I will share with you. If anybody's had any experiences of being offered non evidence based treatment for any mental health problem I would be keen to hear your thoughts on that.
  5. Despite it only being January, we've allocated all but two of our places left in this year's Great North Run. Shout quick if you want a place with OCD-UK.

  6. Hello Gang, Happy New Year..... not sure I have said that yet. Later in the spring I have been asked to talk at a conference about effective care and treatment and share my views as a service user with reference to evidence based treatments (not just OCD, i.e. depression, anxiety etc). As I try and formulate the focus of my talk I just wondered what you guys thought on the subject. When you seek treatment, are you expecting (initially) to receive treatment that is evidence based? Would you want the health professional (GP / therapist) to make you aware of non evidence based treatments? Is being informed about the evidence base for treatment A over treatment B helpful or not? Is your understanding of the expected treatment helpful? (so if you understand CBT, and seek treatment you can recognise if you're just receiving the B part, common (or just the C part, less common but not unheard of)? Your thoughts are welcomed, along with any examples I may be able to use within my presentation (can be anonymous). Thanks.
  7. NICE are currently consulting on a proposal to update the NICE Guidelines for the treatment of OCD. As a stakeholder they have invited us to respond to several questions. But our views, need to reflect your views. Please help us by sharing your feedback - https://www.ocduk.org/nice-consultation-2019/ For some reason, their consultation period is incredibly short. So if you wish to send feedback please respond to us by Sat 19th January at the latest. The NICE Guidelines cover England and Wales. Thank you to Gemma for helping me put the feedback form together.
  8. One of the presentations from our 2018 conference is now online via our website. https://www.ocduk.org/features/making-a-molehill-out-of-a-mountain/ When time allows me I will make the rest of the amazing conference presentations will be made available to OCD-UK members later this year via the members area (no time-frame for this I am afraid).
  9. Exclusive news for OCD-UK members. I understand there will be a new specialist anxiety clinic, with a specific focus on treating OCD, opening its doors in Oxford during early 2019. Our understanding is the clinic was formally approved and they are now in the process of formal recruitment of staff in time for an official launch, expected by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Because there are no admin staff or even a clinic name at present there is no formal referral route at this time. Our understanding is the clinic will be CCG referral only (you will need your local NHS to agree to refer/fund treatment), and they will accept patients of all ages, including children. Treatment will also be tailored around the individual to offer routine outpatient, intensive (outpatient) and even home based where applicable. I will keep you in the loop on developments… but you heard it here first!!!!
  10. Yes, Paul has a great slide for this about 'nature abhors a vacuum'... so true
  11. Hi Emsie, I have had a look, and I think the medication pages on NHS Choices for all the SSRI's seem to have changed slightly. I have re-read our advice and I think I agree with you. Whilst I do think the text we have is right, it could be written better. Is that something you fancy having a go at rewriting for us? I think you have my email Ashley
  12. Ashley

    More retail woe

    And so it goes on... and on. I have spent hours this week contacting numerous retailers and one radio station. Some are listening and acting, some are reviewing. A couple of journalists are sniffing around but I have refused to comment on individual retailers whilst they have agreed to review. I now have a spreadsheet of offenders, a mix of green (resolved) and red (still offending).
  13. Well sorry you went through that, but let's avoid scaremongering. For many people (including the original poster) they find SSRI medication helpful and your experience does not indicate it will be shared by other people taking the same.
  14. Which is why I said 'generally'.
  15. Of course anyone can have a problem coming off a medication. But SSRI's are generally not addictive and most people can come off them without problem if done under guidance.