Accessing treatment for your OCD or related disorder

Anyone who is affected by a mental health condition deserves the right to good quality treatment. We know that the NICE Guidance recommendations for OCD (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and medication) are really successful in treating OCD and related disorders, and yet there are still far too many people unable to access good quality treatment.

There are a few different routes you can go down when accessing treatment for your mental health, and the first port of call for most is visiting a local GP. But did you know, that since April 2014, if you live in England, you have had the right to choose the consultant-led outpatient mental health service your GP refers you to? This service can be anywhere in England and only applies if you are not currently under the care of a mental health team. This right means that the same rules apply for mental health services as for physical health treatment. Over the last few years, OCD Action have been supporting people to access treatment using this framework. 

For more information on accessing treatment using Choice, then please take a look at this NHS guide to accessing mental health treatment or visit our information pages.

If you need support in accessing treatment, you can contact our Helpline via phone - 0845 390 6232, or email support@ocdaction,org.uk.