Later this month, many health professionals and members of the public who have been or are affected by OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) will meet at the Imperial College London for the 2008 OCD Conference. This annual meeting, organised by OCD Action, a UK charity, helps to inspire and educate its attendees and give an opportunity for people to realise that they are not alone.

An estimated 1.8 million people in the UK are affected by OCD and public awareness has increased recently when public figures such as Justin Timberlake and David Beckham discussed its effects on their personal lives. OCD is just one of the areas where CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can help. CBT can help to control OCD and help people to face their fears and help them to understand their anxiety. Many people have found they can cope with obsessive compulsive disorder using medication and/or CBT.

OCD Conference 2008: Saturday 22nd November; 09.30 – 17.00; Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ Fee: £75 (health professionals), £30 (public), £20 (members of OCD Action and supporting charities) To register: visit http://www.ocdconference.org.uk or telephone 0870 360 6232