Adolescents

I am primarily a consultant in adult psychiatry, but I will see adolescents aged 12-16 for my specialist areas of OCD, BDD or emetophobia but not for other problems. I will see adolescents aged 17 and above for a broader range of problems.

Private patients

Please see the section on this website for private consultions.

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 recommned this if the OCD is in the context of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

I cannot admit private adolescent patients to the Priory North London Adolescent Unit (this is for only NHS patients only). There are no private specialist inpatient services for OCD/ BDD in the UK that I am aware of.

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.

For adolescents with very severe OCD/ BDD, Dr Clark’s team may recommend admission to the Priory Hospital North London Birch Ward under my care. This is a small service with maximum of 1-2 NHS in-patients at any one time. Rarely patients can be referred to me direct but there is usually a wait list for admission.

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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Unstuck

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 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.