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The Best Treatment For OCD

by Dr Emma Gray - 17th December, 2018
The Best Treatment For OCD

In this blog I am going to explain the best treatment for adults suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This information is up to date at the time of publishing this article and is based on the recommendations made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom. For more information about OCD see the video below: There are 2 types of treatment that have been proven to be effective for OCD: medication and talking therapy. I will start by explaining a […]...

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What Is Post Natal OCD?

by Dr Emma Gray - 15th January, 2015
What Is Post Natal OCD?

Post Natal OCD is similar to ‘regular’ OCD. The only differences are that it occurs following the birth of a baby and that the obsessional or intrusive thoughts centre around responsibility for harm to the baby and the compulsive behaviours centre around trying to prevent that harm. Post natal OCD can be experienced by both mothers and fathers but seems to be more common amongst mothers with it occurring in 2-4% of new mothers. Common intrusive thoughts include thoughts of stabbing, suffocating or drowning the baby, throwing or dropping the […]...

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How To Stop Compulsive Behaviours

Compulsive behaviours are a response to anxiety, they are intended by the sufferer to either directly reduce anxiety or prevent an anxiety provoking event (e.g. harm to one’s self or another). Compulsive behaviours usually take the form or ritualistic counting, washing, touching or speaking (e.g. repetition of particular words or phrases). Compulsive behaviours are a common symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders (in particular Anorexia Nervosa). Therapy for compulsive behaviours involves a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention Theory which are designed to […]...

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5 Facts About OCD

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd September, 2014
5 Facts About OCD

  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 1. How Common is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects between 1 and 3 % of children and adults and in 80% of adult cases symptoms develop before the age of 18 years.   2. What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety based disorder.  This means that at the core of the problems lies a tendency for the sufferer to overestimate disaster and underestimate their ability to cope.  It also means that the sufferer faces a […]...

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