I am primarily a consultant in adult psychiatry, but I will see adolescents aged 12 and above for my specialist areas of OCD, BDD or emetophobia but not for other problems. I am not able to admit in-patients at the Nightingale until they reach the age of 18. I will see adolescents aged 18 and above for a broader range of problems.

Private patients

Please see the section on this website for private consultations.

If a patient is aged 11 or younger then I would recommend they are seen by my colleague Dr Trudie Roussow at Stepping Stones. I would also recommned this in an older child if the OCD is in the context of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

I am not aware of any adequate private specialist inpatient services for adolescents with OCD or BDD in the UK.

NHS patients

I recommend seeking a referral from your local Child and Adolescent Mental Service (CAMHS) to Dr Bruce Clarke at the Young Person’s OCD and BDD Specialist Service,  at the Michael Rutter Centre, The Maudsley Hospital, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AZ. Tel: 020 3228 5222.  They will require a referral from your CAMHS team and cannot accept GP referrals.

OCD and BDD resources for adolescents

I recommend the following books and websites.

Tools to Help You Fight Back!

A CBT Workbook for Young People by Georgina Krebs.

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Stand Up to OCD!

A CBT Self-Help Guide by Kelly Wood.

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This is an excellent film that can be streamed here.

OCD Action

I am a trustee of the charity OCD Action, and I recommend their website and OCD Youth as a resource on OCD and videos on their YouTube channel.

Appearance Anxiety: A Guide to Understanding BDD for Young People, Families and Professionals

For BDD I recommend reading this book by the National and Specialist OCD and BDD team at the Maudsley.

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The BDD Foundation

I am a trustee of the charity. I recommend their website as a resource. Videos from the previous conferences are also on the website.