Are you starting your first year at University this September or going back for your second or third year at University or College? If you’re affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – or you think that you might be – then it’s good to know about some of the services, websites, helplines and resources that you can access. Click here for ten of the links that you might find useful while you’re at university.
Support & Treatment
An important paper was published in America last week that looks at the efficacy of an antipsychotic medicine that is sometimes used in treating the most severe cases of OCD.
We asked David Veale, one of the Charity’s trustees, to comment
We receive many calls from parents of children & young people with OCD who are struggling to make sense of referral & funding processes for specialist treatment. With the help of clinicians at the CAMHS National & Specialist Services at the Maudsley and a number of parents who have gone through the system we have produced a new resource called Getting a Referral to a National & Specialist Child & Adolescent OCD Service.
Online seminar sessions: Term 3
These online seminars are for parents of children with OCD and take place on the third Tuesday of each month 7-8pm.
They usually take the form of online presentations given by specialists of the Maudsley Hospital (Centre of Excellence in OCD). Parents of OCD sufferers are able to book places allowing them to log into the session, listen to the presentation and ask questions at the end.
Booking and Information:
Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Professor Gournay, Professor Rogers and Rachel Piper have collaborated on a new book; “Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” that provides clear advice and an evidence based self-help programme.
The book suggests ways of dealing with obsessive urges and rituals, and preventing and coping with setbacks. It also looks at OCD in children and young people, and co-existing conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), morbid jealousy, depression, social anxiety, substance abuse, phobias, and tics.
Support Groups – Better Together
Getting on top of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be a long and difficult journey but each step can be eased with quality peer support.
That is why over the last few years, OCD Action has been working with the network of local support groups across the country to help them grow and develop so that they can provide the best possible help.
Volunteer Advocates Wanted
Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?
We’re looking to recruit volunteers in South West England & South Wales available for an hour or so during the working week, to provide telephone, email and face-to-face advocacy support to people diagnosed with OCD. You’ll be home-based and training and regular support and case work supervision will be provided.
Initial 2 days of mandatory training:
The OCD Parents’ Support Project – a joint initiative between OCD Action and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) – provides monthly onlineseminars specifically aimed at parents of young people with OCD.
These are a good opportunity to meet other parents and get information and support straight from the experts.