It can feel uncomfortable and scary for patients to experience exposures, but the actual event is not dangerous. That discrepancy is called a “violation of expectancy,” which helps create inhibitory learning—it allows the mind to separate the perceived threat from the thought or action they have associated it with.
McLean’s OCD programs combine ERP with other treatment approaches, creating care plans and strategies to meet the needs of each individual.
OCD Doesn’t Discriminate Based on Age
OCD doesn’t just affect adults. In the United States, 1-2% of children and teens live with OCD. There aren’t many OCD treatment providers available that are focused on children and teens. McLean’s OCDI Jr. program specializes in the unique needs of young people who struggle with OCD and aims to teach lifelong skills to manage symptoms.
Read about one teen’s journey to reclaim her freedom from OCD.
Integrating Clinical Care and Research
With the goal of helping patients get better, our clinician-researchers work to improve treatment models by collecting and analyzing data about how our patients respond to treatment. Our researchers and clinicians work hand-in-hand to consistently improve OCD care at McLean.
We work with patients to assess their progress during their treatment, using a secure online system specifically designed for medical research. This enables our researchers to quickly deliver precise data to give us a clear picture of the effectiveness of OCD treatment and allows us to make changes during the course of treatment to ensure each patient receives the best care possible.
This robust integration of research and clinical care has led to many successes for our patients and has even helped us improve on traditional ERP therapy approaches.
The Significance of Family Involvement
Getting family members involved in treatment is important to OCD care.
With OCD, more than with most other mental health disorders, the families are often very involved in the symptoms. Family members are often asked by the patient to do things a certain way, and when they comply, they become accommodators of the symptoms.
We work with family members and significant others to help support patients as they return to their home environments. Educating and supporting the family sets up the patient for continued success as they transition back to the care of their family/clinical support network.