OCD: The Serious Issue of a Ridiculed Illness

Prof. Paul Salkovskis

Paul Salkovskis (@psalkovskis) is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science, and Programme Director of the doctorate programme in clinical psychology at the University of Bath .

He is editor of the scientific journal “Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy”, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and in 2006 he received the Aaron T. Beck Award for contributions to cognitive therapy.

Over the course of his academic career he has published over 250 scientific papers, which together boast more than 21,700 citations on Google Scholar, and he is also co-author of the book “Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT“.

In today’s episode we explore what it really means to have OCD, the various manifestations and corresponding behaviours, why OCD is an “affliction of the nice”, why the average sufferer waits 11 years before seeking treatment, why the media and general public think it’s okay to mock the condition, and why ultimately OCD is, in Paul’s words, an “unnecessary illness”.

Check out Paul’s blog: psychonoclast.wordpress.com




Paul’s Recommended Links

University of Bath Clinical Psychology Department Homepage.

Participate in research at the University of Bath.

OCD Action – The UK’s largest OCD charity.

OCD-UK – Supporting children and adults affected by OCD.

Anxiety UK – National charity helping people with Anxiety.

No Panic – Helping you break the chains of anxiety disorders.

House of Obsessive-Compulsives – Link to episode 1.

All in the Mind – BBC Radio 4 programme exploring the limits and potential of the human
mind, presented by Claudia Hammond.

Karen Robinson – Mental health researcher and blogger.

Further Reading

A short history of OCD – via OCDHistory.net

A brilliant 24-page information booklet on OCD from OCD-UK.

Making CBT work: Working with your CBT therapist… Making your CBT therapist work for you – Slideshow presentation by Paul Salkovskis

Psychological treatment of Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (includes visual diagram of the cognitive model of OCD) – Paul Salkovskis

Understanding and treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Paul Salkovskis

Repeated checking causes memory distrust – Marcel van den Hout, Merel Kindt

Mental contamination in OCD – Anna E Coughtrey

OC Cleaners: Response from Professor Salkovskis – Paul’s communications with the producers of Channel 4’s Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaners.

Books Mentioned in This Episode

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