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  1. Hi DJ1000, I'm sorry to hear that you aren't available to join the others. If you email Zoe at parents@ocduk.org then she can add you to the cancellation list and if a space opens up then she would get in contact. Gemma
  2. Hi DJ1000, The workshops are from 9am to 5pm. Have you have booked a ticket to the Northampton workshop? Spaces are by booking only and after booking you will be sent an email with directions and timings. If you haven’t booked, unfortunately we are fully booked for the Northampton workshop. However we will be opening our Derby workshop for bookings in the next coming weeks or we can add you to the cancellation list for Northampton, all you would need to do is email parents@ocduk.org and let our project lead Zoe know. Gemma
  3. Hi Chihuahua, I'm sorry to hear that the referral to OHSPIC is currently not going to plan. I'm not sure why your GP wants support for the referral to OHSPIC, especially as OHSPIC have already said that you are eligible for treatment with them. We know that those with Hoarding Disorder need a psychological intervention to help them deal with the feelings and beliefs they have about discarding items and that a decluttering company simply isn't enough. If you feel able I would suggest asking your GP to put in a request to your local CCG for funding for treatment at OHSPIC. Your GP doesn't need the support of your local psychotherapy department to do this. It's very possible that the CCG will reject your funding proposal, but if this happens try not to worry and let us know at support@ocduk.org and we will advise you on what next steps you can take to appeal their decision. Gemma
  4. Hi Everyone, We just wanted to let you know that registration is now open for our online annual conference this year. We have some fantastic presentations aimed at loved ones and young people, some of which are listed below. For the full agenda visit our website here https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/ For parents and guardians; Family Accommodation - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/family/family-accommodation/ A parents role in CBT treatment for OCD - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/family/a-parents-role-in-cbt-treatment-for-ocd/ Parents caring for themselves - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/family/parents-caring-for-themselves/ For loved ones; What family and friends can do to help a loved one with OCD - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/family/what-family-and-friends-can-do-to-help/ For young people; Teens Tipi launch followed by Drawing workshop with Zoë - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/teen-tipi/drawing-workshop-with-zoe/ Creative Writing Workshop for Teens - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/teen-tipi/creative-writing-for-teens/ Let's talk about therapy with our Young Ambassadors - https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/teen-tipi/lets-talk-about-therapy/ We are looking forward to seeing you there, Gemma
  5. Hi Summer, You'll find that OCD will throw these sorts of worries at you, what if I lose control, what if something happens, but it's just OCD's way of stopping you living your life. When we react to these worries and avoid doing things, we never find out that nothing would have happened if we had just carried on as normal and that is OCD's trump card. You haven't had CBT yet, so you are still yet to learn these tools, so in the meantime learn as much as you can before therapy, so that you can start to tackle it, in whatever small way you can. In terms of telling your mum, it does depend on why you want to tell her. Some people rely heavily on reassurance from their loved ones, but since this is just another compulsion, it really doesn't help in the long term. If you want to help her understand, then watching some of our conference together might help as will reading the book by Adam and Lauren Gemma
  6. Hi snowbear, Because the Q&A with Prof Adam Radomsky and Prof Paul Salkovskis is for member's only, members need to email conference@ocduk.org to receive the registration link. But I might add it to the member's area of the forum later to make it a little easier for members on the forum Gemma
  7. Hi Hd120820, I'm sorry that things are so difficult at the moment, but although things feel awful just now, it doesn't mean they always will, you just need the tools to begin to tackle this problem. Have you looked into accessing any Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) on the NHS? You might find the presentation Health Anxiety and OCD helpful at our annual conference this year. You can register for it here https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/cafe/health-anxiety-and-ocd/ Gemma
  8. Hi Summer9173, This is common worry for many people, I know it can feel scary to open up about intrusive thoughts, but it is unlikely that you will be sectioned for thoughts that you are so scared of, so please try not to worry too much about it. Harm based thoughts are very common amongst the OCD community and mental health professionals will most likely have heard them all before. Have you reached out for support from the NHS? There is a great self-help book that you might find helpful called Anxiety and Related Depression https://www.ocduk.org/shop/ocd-anxiety-related-depression/ which is co-written by Adam Shaw a sufferer and his therapist Lauren Callaghan. Adam struggled with OCD around thoughts of harm for some time and Lauren helped him to recovery. You might also find the presentation ''It’s not the thought that counts: Unpacking the different types of thoughts and thinking in OCD'' by Adam Radomsky which is happening at our annual conference online this year. Hopefully, this will help to debunk the myth that thoughts matter. You can register here https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/main/its-not-the-thought-that-counts/ Gemma
  9. Hi ThomasOCD, I'm sorry to hear that you're finding things so tough at the moment. It sounds like you're doing a lot of mental checking and rumination on this subject which we know will contribute to all the doubt and negative feelings you're experiencing. Perhaps a good place to start would be to work out what compulsions you're doing that are keeping this going, hopefully this is also something your therapist can help you with. You need to break this cycle but it's important that your therapist helps you to choose to change your reactions to these doubts. We are hosting a presentation on HOCD and ROCD at our conference this year which you might find helpful. The therapist who is speaking has noticed that this is a common theme at the moment for many of her clients. You can register for the presentation here https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/breakout/hocd-and-rocd-same-but-different/ Despite times being tough right now, you can still get through this and overcome OCD, so don't lose hope Gemma
  10. Hello everyone! We are delighted to announce that we have further dates for our parent workshops for parents of children between the ages of 5-18 with OCD. Northampton - Friday 7th January 2022 Derby - Thursday 3rd February 2022 Buxton - Saturday 5th March 2022 Leicester - Friday 1st April 2022 We have designed the workshops to be COVID safe, to ensure that those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 feel comfortable throughout the day. The host and co-host will take a lateral flow COVID-19 test a couple of days prior to the event, as well as providing disposable face masks should anyone wish to use one. Upon entry, there will be complimentary hand sanitiser available, as well as on the table(s). If you have any questions about COVID-19 and our parent workshops, please email parents@ocduk.org where we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are offering parents the opportunity to attend a FREE full day workshop to help them understand OCD in an informative education programme whilst waiting for treatment to begin. The workshop will include education on the following: What is OCD How OCD is treated Pathways to access treatment What parents can do to help Please note that the project hosts are not professionals and will not be offering therapeutic advice. The project is hosted by service-users who have an in depth understanding of OCD, and the aim of this workshop is to offer relevant and helpful information to restore hope for a recovery focused future. The project is funded for parents with children aged 5-18 (CAMHS age) suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For more information or to book, visit here https://www.ocduk.org/parents/
  11. OCD-UK are hosting their annual conference online again this year on 27th and 28th November and registration is now open. We have presentations on the cognitive side of therapy, why compulsions are so compelling, OCD and autism and many many more. Register for each presentation here https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conferences-across-the-uk/2021-virtual/ We look forward to seeing you there!
  12. Hi Jooles, I have spoken to parents who have given up work to look after their child, but I would say on average parents do not, and the goal would be for life not to change too much in response to OCD. Is it something you are considering? Is your child accessing any support at the moment? Gemma
  13. Hi Ziggyy, I'm sorry to hear you've been struggling more this month with intrusive thoughts. It can be hard to apply things that we know are true, like ''if you worry about it, then it probably didn't happen'', but try to remember that taking a leap of faith that things are OCD is an important part of CBT, and that feelings are slow to catch up with how we act. So if you can change your behaviour, the worry and doubt will reduce over time, you just need to be consistent in not doing compulsions. We do have some great advice for coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder here https://www.ocduk.org/related-disorders/seasonal-affective-disorder/ that you might find helpful. Please know that you are not alone in finding this time difficult, but you can get through it Remember that from the 21st December, days start getting longer again! Gemma
  14. Hi SilverAce, Welcome to the forum I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling with a few different themes of thoughts at the moment, that can be really difficult. The best place to start would be to look into treatment for OCD, if you haven't done so already. The current recommended treatment for OCD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT looks at the meanings someone places on their thoughts and feelings and how they can react differently to them. The goal of CBT is to help someone become their own therapist, so when thoughts or feelings come up, they have the tools to deal with them and not get stuck the OCD cycle. Some people with OCD also try medication, which for OCD is a type of antidepressant called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). It is absolutely a personal choice whether to try medication and there is no obligation to try it. Usually, the first step would be CBT. If you are an adult in England then you can self-refer to your local IAPT service, which you can find here https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-psychological-therapies-service/ If you are elsewhere in the UK, then you would need to speak to your GP about a referral to your local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). You can talk to your GP about medication for OCD too. If you want to start now, it might be helpful to understand what your worries are and what your compulsions are, maybe try writing them down if you can. Then you could look into a self-help book like Break Free from OCD https://www.ocduk.org/shop/break-free-from-ocd/ Gemma
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