Buzzfeed article on “Homosexual OCD”

In response to article on treating Homosexual OCD http://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/worlds-leading-anxiety-expert-offers-treatment-for-people-wh#.ohNlwmOGwL I am NO defender of Charles Linden – see for example my colleague Professor Salkovskis ’s blog) https://psychonoclast.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/the-lindn-method-paul-salkovskis-up-to-date-conclusion-may-2014/. However I am worried that the Buzzfeed article highlights the lack of understanding about the nature of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Some people with OCD may have obsessional fears about being gay (when …

NICE Evidence Update

I chaired the NICE Evidence Update on OCD and BDD which is now published and can be downloaded from here  http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/evidence-update-47 The team searched for all trials conducted since the guidelines were published  in 2005 (i.e. the search was for the past 10 years). The quality of the trials varies with a lot of  small studies – there are a …

Ugly Duckling Cartoon

    The Ugly Duckling – Reproduced by kind permission of PRIVATE EYE magazine and Len Hawkins When I first saw this cartoon, I groaned. I though that the cartoonist had misunderstood the nature of BDD, which is of course defined as a preoccupation and marked distress with a perceived defect which is not noticeable to others. However this cartoon …

Comment on risperidone v CBT for OCD study

Risperidone and CBT for OCD An important paper was published by Blair Simpson et al (2013) in the USA last week   http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.1932 The paper describes a controlled trial in which 100 people with OCD who had received a SSRI medication for at least 3 months and had moderate OCD symptoms were randomized to receive either (A) risperidone (an anti-psychotic) or …

Shortlisted BMJ Mental Health Team of the Year

Our Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit has been shortlisted for the British Medical Journal’s Mental Health Team of Year! The award ceremony will be on May 9th – you can’t vote – it’s up to the judges! Our innovation stems from development of a therapeutic community at the unit based on a compassionate mind and positive reinforcement and integration of our Occupational Therapy into the intensive CBT …

ICD-11 for OCD at WHO, Geneva

I am honoured to be invited to the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Our group’s task is revise the criteria for diagnosing Obsessive Compulsive and related disorders for the 11th revision of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) due in 2014. Sounds boring but it is important! We are reminded that even US Government recognizes the ICD rather than DSM manual. I …

“Tainted” bishops and OCD

The Church of England is tieing itself in knots with the concept of “taint” to allow dioceses to opt out from male bishops who have ordained female vicars or male bishops have been ordained by a female bishop/vicar etc (and have therefore been contaminated?). This seems to me to be similar to physical or moral contamination in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. …

NHS Constitution Handbook

This is a very dry but important subject. The NHS has a constitution and recently published a revised handbook to the constiution you can download here. I believe the Department of Health continues to discriminate  against people with with a mental disorder when it comes to choice of a provider for treatment. At the core  of the NHS is a …

BDD Foundation

A new charity is being set up in the UK to provide information and support people with BDD, educate the public and eventually to raise funds for research. Please contact me if you want to be involved, especially people recovering from BDD and their families. Philanthropists especially welcome…. david@veale.co.uk

Taking Control of OCD: Inspirational stories of hope and recovery

I and Rob Willson have edited a collection of inspirational stories of OCD sufferers. They are real-life accounts coping with and overcoming OCD. They will hopefully provide inspiration to anyone going through similar experiences and those who care for them. Buy from Amazon