Coming soon: OCD is not just hand washing

One in four people in the UK are affected by mental health problems. According to a report named Parity in Progress there is inadequate investment made in the mental health sector.

Mental health problems account for 23% of the total impact of ill health in the UK. Despite this only 13% of the NHS budget is spent on mental health.

Obsessive Compulsive disorder is one such type of mental illness that affects 1-2% of the UK population.

In this programme, our reporter Sonal Gupta explains how OCD can govern someone’s life.

By narrating the struggle of an OCD sufferer Helen Purslow, the reporter explores whether Helen’s treatment could improve if more is spent in funding the mental health sector.

OCD sufferer

Helen Purslow

  Helen: “OCD has cost me my daughter!”

CBT therapist

Dr Ashley

One of the ways to take control over OCD is to undergo Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

CBT is a talking therapy that helps you deal with your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

To understand what happens in a CBT session, listen to Helen undergo treatment with her therapist Dr Ashley Goff.

Types of OCD   

Dr Anderson

Dr Anderson

Next, our reporter gets in touch with a clinical psychologist, Dr Arthur Anderson. Dr Anderson brings her attention to several types of OCD.

He explains different types of related disorders that fall under the category of OCD.

For example: Obsessive Compulsive Personality disorder, hoarding, hair picking, skin picking, body dysmorphic disorder etc

We next hear from another sufferer,  Poonam Joshi who expresses her desperate need to receive immediate medical attention from the NHS. The programme broadly examines how the government can support the OCD sufferers through funding.

To justify this we hear from Centre of Mental Health and Mental Health Champions.

Listen to the programme this Thursday to understand what can be done to help the OCD sufferers in the UK.

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> Struggles of Helen, an OCD sufferer