OCD affects between 1 and 2 per cent of the UK population, causing terrible distress to hundreds of thousands. A serious mental illness, it affects people in different ways from well-known rituals such as obsessive hand-washing and checking, to lesser known symptoms such as disturbing intrusive thoughts and hoarding. Those affected typically suffer for a number of years before seeking help and receiving professional treatment.Selected by Dr David Veale and Rob Willson, authors of self-help guide Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the first person accounts contained in this collection reflect a broad range of experiences of those with OCD. Brave and uplifting, these real life stories provide not only reassurance, but also an inspiration to others to seek help and overcome their illness. Includes two chapters written by Dr David Veale and Rob Willson explaining the causes of OCD and how to overcome it.
Dr. David Veale is a consultant psychiatrist in cognitive behaviour therapy at the South London and Maudsley Trust and the Priory Hospital North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of psychiatry, King's College, London. He sat on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) working group that provided guidelines for treating obsessive compulsive disorder and is a trustee of OCD Action. Rob Willson is a cognitive behaviour therapist in private practice. He is a tutor at Goldsmith's College, University of London, and studying for a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.