Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic disorder

Many young people will have an “obsessive” interest in something or be compulsive in their behaviours. This may not be a problem but when this urge to do things repeatedly becomes a necessity and causes significant anxiety if they do not act on the obsession or compulsion then they may be developing OCD.

The most common obsessions focus on contamination, disasters and symmetry. The most common compulsions may involve rituals, washing or cleaning, checking or repetitive behaviours.

Body Dysmorphic disorder is an anxiety disorder where a person experiences such severe concerns about their appearance that it causes significant anxiety and leads to the development of routines and obsessive and compulsive behaviours.

Initial intervention from other Tier 1/2 services (Universal and Targeted services) prior to specialist CAMHS involvement

Self Help Literature

NHS Self Help Guides Royal College of Psychiatrists Anxietyuk.org.uk Headspace.com Ocdaction.org.uk NHS Inform Ocduk.org Mind.org Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation Young Minds Young Minds - Body Image

Mindful online counselling

Support and intervention from School counsellor where one is available. Involvement of an Educational Psychologist.

Service provided by Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service –   Tier 3

Where there is a moderate to severe impact on daily living, specialist CAMHS will provide assessment and intervention as indicated.

May be offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).