Specialist OCD service helping 8 out of 10 cope

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A specialist service to help people deal with obsessive compulsive disorder has recorded an 80 per cent success rate in a review.

The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder team, part of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust’s psychotherapy service, has been leading the way in treating the condition since being set up in 2007.

OCD is an anxiety-related condition where a person experiences intrusive and obsessional thoughts.

It affects as many as 12 people in every 1,000, from young children to adults.

Those affected feel the need to carry out rituals, or have obsessive thoughts, in the belief they will help keep them, their family and friends safe from harm.

The team offers NICE recommended interventions and the opportunity to be seen by a specialist focus team.

John Davies, clinical lead/consultant adult psychotherapist, said: “There are very few cities in the country that have a specialist OCD service.

“In Sheffield more than 100 people a year seek treatment via SHSC’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service.

“Approximately 80 per cent of people who we treat recover or are able to learn how to manage their OCD so it does not interfere with life.”