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Dear Friends I have been severely struggling with my Pure OCD which has many themes over the last 4 months . I have been on the waiting list for CBT therapy for 8 weeks now and still don’t have an idea when this may start. I saw a non OCD private therapist but this did not help me and private therapists with CBT experience seem to be £100 an hour where I live if I can get in , sadly I am retired and this is too rich for me .

it seems to me that unless you are suicidal you don’t get immediate help anywhere . What suggestions do members have on what I can do whilst waiting for CBT. My obsessional thinking and intrusive thoughts are definitely dominating my days at present and some days it takes all my will to even get out of bed. 

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Hi Skippy. You say in previous posts that you have had therapy in the past including mindfulness therapy. Is there anything that you had in the past that you have had that would be useful now? You could plan your day in advance. Say tomorrow you are going to visit x. Book the transport - coaches are generally the cheapest. 

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Hi Skippy,

Sorry you are having such a hard time. I've had the same problem trying to access counselling; I know how frustrating that can be!

 I find what's worked best for me is to use the self-help books for ocd. It'll help you get started on the work, and it will probably also be really helpful once you do get in to see a counsellor, as you'll have a good understanding of how CBT works. Maybe, too, if you have someone you trust to work through the book with you-- that can help you with the motivation part.

 

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Getting appropriate treatment from an appropriate therapist can be expensive. £400 a month would take a huge bite out of somebody’s state pension. We have the smallest state pension in Western Europe. A Dutch friend of mine finds it incredible that the pension is so low in the UK.

The access to therapy route in England I think research would show indicate services are biased towards those of working age. In my part of London for example there are more than a few psychological services run for those of working age in each borough. But the four boroughs covered by my mental health trust have one service for all four boroughs. If you work out the ratio of psychologists/population type it indicates a profound disparity in the level of services.

Anyway. Was my previous advice useful.

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Thanks angst I am going to try the mindfulness experience I had fortunately I still have the digital files . I did this in group before and enjoyed it but I need to find the motivation to do this myself again. Thanks for the support 

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You could use online therapists. Ali Greymond is affordable. On YouTube.  

Also the concept of “Pure O” has no medical or scientific basis. It’s just a phrase that refers to having an obsession with no rituals.  Just ask the guy that invented it. 

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Except there is no such thing as having obsessions without compulsions. Pue O has come to mean compulsions that are mostly covert.

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Sadly I have many compulsions rumination , avoidance , reassurance , and googling , mental checking amongst them 

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4 hours ago, Skippy said:

Sadly I have many compulsions rumination , avoidance , reassurance , and googling , mental checking amongst them 

Have you tried self-help books for ocd Skippy? As I mentioned before, I found them very helpful when I couldn't access therapy.

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1 hour ago, leif said:

Have you tried self-help books for ocd Skippy? As I mentioned before, I found them very helpful when I couldn't access therapy.

Would you recommend one Leif I have never done CBT or anything like that but and open to positive action I can take to overcome this disorder . I fear the last 4 months have brought on some depression as well so I am looking to find holistic solutions to my present state 

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I found the book Break Free From OCD and the book Overcoming OCD both very good. I saw one of the authors of Break Free From OCD for therapy. Both cover basically the same approach. They are written by specialists in the field who have worked at centres of excellence in anxiety conditions.

In therapy we also dealt with hoarding and depression. The number of sessions I had were substantially longer than the norm as OCD hoarding is notoriously stubborn and needs very intensive work.

The approach was to treat OCD checking, hoarding and depression in separate but parallel lines. So explicitly time was spent on OCD, hoarding and depression. I am not aware of a holistic approach. At least not in the stable of CBT approaches to psychiatric conditions. Not sure whether it would work.

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