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Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

OCD Institute (OCDI)

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a debilitating illness consisting of unwanted thoughts and time-consuming rituals that can significantly limit a person’s ability to function in daily life. Since opening our doors in 1997 as the country’s first residential treatment program for this condition, the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) has served as a renowned leader in the advancement of clinical care and research for obsessive compulsive and related disorders. Our experts are ready to help you.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3371.

Covered by most health insurance providers, our program is most appropriate for individuals ages 16 and older with moderate to severe or treatment-resistant OCD and its most common co-occurring disorders such as major depression and anxiety disorders. Treatment for younger individuals is available through McLean’s Child and Adolescent OCD Institute in Middleborough, Massachusetts.

With an average length of stay between 30 and 90 days, we offer two levels of care, an intensive residential program for those who require 24-hour care and a partial hospital (day) program for individuals who need more intensive care than is offered through outpatient services but are able to manage their symptoms while living at home. Patients come from across the country and all over the world for treatment at the OCDI.

Since OCD affects not only the individual but also the entire family, our compassionate, experienced, and highly-trained staff takes a comprehensive approach to treatment and recovery. A part of McLean’s Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, the program utilizes evidence-based treatment and therapy models informed by cutting-edge research. We incorporate various approaches, tools, and techniques to customize treatment for each individual to help ensure success, while enhancing motivation and decreasing treatment dropout.

Residents and partial hospital (day program) patients follow the same structured schedule, a combination of group, family, and individual therapy targeted at reducing the severity of the patient’s symptoms and providing the individual with tools to prevent relapse. Designed to engage patients in their treatment, each day is carefully planned with ample time for self-focus and group work and to maintain the important balance between work and leisure.

Our expert staff specialize in OCD and related mental health disorders and are devoted to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Our 24-hour care also includes available emergency psychiatric and medical personnel.

The OCDI is located in North Belknap, one of several historic buildings on McLean’s Belmont campus, offering a pleasant and peaceful environment that is conducive to helping patients focus on their treatment. For our residential patients, accommodations and amenities are designed to provide a home-like environment, which allows them to work on real life challenges. Our facilities offer comfortable bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, common areas for groups to converge, laundry area, and access to a fitness facility with state of the art equipment and certified staff.

OCDI in the News

Program Director Diane Davey dispels common myths about OCD on