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Watch an OCD animation made for 'Teacher's TV'.
It is narrated by a Danny, who talks about his OCD.

Click here to watch the video.


Read Emily's wonderful account about her recovery
from OCD, which she was brave enough to deliver as a speech to a conference hall full of people at OCD Action's conference (November 2008, London).
Click here and choose the 'stories' or go to the 'Young people with OCD' section of this site and click along to page 8, then go to 'Stories'.


For young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and their families-
KIDZONE at the OCD Conference,
Saturday 22nd November 2008, Imperial College, London.

The National and Specialist OCD Clinic for Young People from the Maudsley Hospital in London would like to invite young people with OCD and their families to ‘KIDZONE’.  This is a workshop which offers the chance to meet other young people affected by OCD, to learn more about OCD and its treatment and perhaps share tips and ideas to help fight the condition.
The conference runs all day, KIDZONE for young people and their families is part of the morning's workshops.
For more details, or to book tickets click here or go to www.ocdconference.org.uk.
Use the 'contact us' tool at the top of the page if you have any questions.

Special rate tickets for under 18’s - only £10 for the whole day!

Channel 4 documentary about the young people's OCD clinic at the Maudsley

Follows 2 boys through treatment to recovery!!

on Monday 4th December 2006 at 8 pm

The OCD Child team at the Maudsley have been working with channel 4 for the past year to film a documentary about the treatment for children with OCD. The aim of the program is to increase public awareness of OCD and the most effective therapy (cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT).

The programme follows two young people with OCD and their families, as they work to recover from their illness. The children in the film made fantastic progress, and were happy to take part. The team are particularly pleased that an important part of CBT for OCD, known as exposure with response prevention (ERP) is demonstrated in the film. Learn more about CBT and ERP by looking at the Getting better section of this site.

For more info visit: http://www.channel4.com/health/microsites/H/help_me_help_my_child/index.html

Joe Wells Book !

OCD Book - Joe Wells

Touch and Go Joe. Joe Wells (2006) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 1843103915
(An honest account of an adolescent boy's journey to overcome his OCD. The book will be of interest to anyone who has suffered from or knows someone who has suffered from OCD.)

"Touch and Go Joe is my personal account of my battle to overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a problem which began for me when I was 9 years old. I began writing it in the summer of 2004 at the age of 15 yet did not finish til the next year. The book was published earlier this this year and so far has been a big success.

I have two main aims in writing the book. Firstly to raise the awareness of an illness which affects 1.8% of the population and give an insight to everyone (families, teachers, professionals, everyone) into what it is like for the sufferer. And secondly to help those suffering from the disorder to know that they are not alone and know how to fight back OCD. Most of the books which I found when I was suffering with OCD were full of jargon and were aimed more at doctors and other professionals. In my book I cut out the jargon and left in helpful advice and tips for combating OCD."

Joe Wells

Young People’s OCD Treatment Group

New research suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for OCD is also effective when people are treated within a group. Since many people with OCD report feeling isolated, groups also have the advantage of creating a support network.

The Child OCD team at the Maudsley ran their first treatment group for young people at the end of last year. The group consisted of 6 teenagers and their families.

The group began by learning about OCD; its causes, and how anxiety traps sufferers in a cycle of thoughts and behaviours. They were helped by therapists to develop a plan for overcoming their own obsessions and compulsions and sessions involved lots of practice facing their fears without doing compulsions. Whilst the young people were working hard on their program of exposure with response prevention (ERP), parents were provided with a room to meet and share their experiences over coffee.

The families found the opportunity of sharing and learning from one another useful. As staff, we enjoyed the new experience, and hope that we can use this as a basis to develop future groups.

NICE news
November 2005

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the organisation responsible for providing guidance on treatment and prevention of ill health in England and Wales.

In November 2005 NICE published the guidelines for the management and treatment of OCD and BDD for people working within the NHS. The recommendations were developed by experts, patients and carers, and are based on the best evidence available on the condition.

The NICE guidelines cover diagnosis, treatment, care, and self help for OCD and BDD. They provide information on the care you can expect to receive from you GP and other healthcare professionals in addition to details of the treatments you available to you.

It is possible to access these guidelines on the NICE website and searching “obsessive compulsive disorder”: Look out for the version for people with OCD and their families.

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