OCD Sanitizer

I hope most people with OCD and fears of contamination will be able to laugh at this product . An American company, Blueq is now selling “OCD Anti-Bacterial Sanitizers” and “Maybe You Touched Your Genitals Hand Sanitizer“. They seem to be quite knowledgeable about OCD as they used to sell “Wash Away Your Sins” Towelettes for moral contamination. OCD fears …

DIY Surgery

I travelled with my family to Mynamar-Burma this summer. It is a fascinating country which I thoroughly recommend a visit. This statue of a woman, Sandhamukhi, at a pagoda in Mynamar caught my eye. I understand that after learning the teaching of the Buddha, in gratitude she cut her breast and offered it to the Buddha. As it is against the …

Mosaic opening, Bethlem Royal Hospital

I had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the completed mosaic at our residential unit on 12th October. Celebrations followed with a shared lunch prepared by staff and residents. The mosaic now hangs over the door to the unit and brightly welcomes new patients to Longfield House. It depicts the journey they will embark on during their treatment, …

The “OCD Bully” published in the BMJ

I was pleased to have an article on the “OCD Bully” published in the BMJ as a “Filler” this week. I was slightly disappointed that it was not on the front cover but the picture inside was quite prominent. You can download the article – here.  It is on page 779 of the October 9 issue of the BMJ (2010; 341:c2596) …

Cognitve Behaviour Therapy meets Psychopharmacotherapy

I co-authored this article with Anna Stout that was published this week.  Members of the BABCP can download it from Cambridge On-line. We hope the article takes some of the mystery away from medication. Abstract:  This article provides an overview on the role of psychopharmacotherapy in common emotional disorders for cognitive behaviour therapists. We consider some of the philosophical difference between …

New Website launched

My new website has been designed by Lawrence Eldridge of Obscuresounds whom I can thoroughly recommend. I have retained the phrenology head designed by Steve Caplin in the top left hand corner. My phrenology website was done about 5 years ago and I thought it was time to refresh it. Lawrence persuaded me to make the website easier to navigate …

Treatment manual on BDD published

At last! I and Fugen Neziroglu have co-authored a treatment manual on Body Dysmorphic Disorder that has now been published. I think we have been writing it for about 5 years! It has been painfully slow and so I apologise to everyone that has asked when it would be published. It is written for health professionals and combines an overview …