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Maternal OCD: Striving to be Supermum

Dr. Fiona Challacombe

Dr. Fiona Challacombe (@DrFionaCh) is a research fellow and clinical psychologist working at the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, and the Section of Women’s Mental Health at Kings College London, where she specialises in maternal OCD and anxiety.

She is patron of Maternal OCD, a voluntary organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for mothers.

Along with Prof. Paul Salkovskis (see episode #004), she is co-author of “Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT“.

In today’s episode we explore how and why OCD manifests during the perinatal period, the nature and content of the obsessions and compulsions, and what causes maternal OCD? Is it down to hormonal changes, living in risk averse society, or the evolutionary desire to keep our children safe from harm?

We explore why maternal OCD is given such little attention compared to other mental health issues, whether or not this condition has long term ramifications for the children of parents with OCD, and most importantly how to seek treatment.

 

Recommended Links

Maternal OCD

OCD Action – A national (UK) charity for anyone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD-UK – Supporting children and adults affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Books Mentioned in This Episode

          

 

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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

Books Mentioned in This Episode

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