Youth OCD Intensive Outpatient Program

Youth OCD Intensive Outpatient Program

This program provides a unique IOP that is specialized for youths between the ages of 9 and 15. Our goal is to provide support and treatment to young people suffering with OCD and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders. We work closely with parents and caregivers so they can help work with their children to increase long-term reduction in symptoms.

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What To Expect.

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

We have a warm and nurturing environment to support youth through the treatment process. With constant support of specialized therapists, we engage the most researched treatment approaches to get relief of OCD symptoms, one of which is cognitive behavioral therapy specifically, exposure and response prevention. We know that it is imperative to involve the family in the change process thus we use family systems and narrative therapy provided by skilled clinicians.

  • An intensive outpatient program which includes the individual participating multiple hours daily, most days of the week using various therapies.
  • Clients are taught to use Exposure and Response Prevention to reduce and eliminate the need for compulsions/neutralizing behaviors.
  • Clients are taught skills using dialectical behavioral therapy.
  • Clients are taught to use mindfulness and awareness.

Demographics

  • What was once thought to be a rare mental disease is now known to be a more common 1. Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD, which out ranks mental disorders such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder. 
  • In the U.S., approximately 3.3 million people have OCD, of which you have 0.3 to 1% of pediatric population and 2% of adult population. 

What Is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves unwanted and disturbing thoughts, images, or urges (obsessions) that intrude into a child/teen’s mind and cause a great deal of anxiety or discomfort, which the child/teen then tries to reduce by engaging in repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions).

Often, compulsions are performed in a ritualistic, or very specific way, for example, counting to six each time an article of clothing is removed

Diagnostic Criteria

DSM-5 (APA, 2013) diagnostic criteria include:

To receive an OCD diagnosis, you must meet these general criteria:

  • You must have obsessions and compulsions
  • The obsessions and compulsions must significantly impact your daily life
  • You may or may not realize that your obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable

Your obsessions must meet specific criteria:

  • Intrusive, repetitive and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that cause distress
  • The thoughts do not just excessively focus on real problems in your life
  • You unsuccessfully try to suppress or ignore the disturbing thoughts, urges, or images
  • You may or may not know that your mind simply generates these thoughts and that they do not pose a true threat

Your compulsions must meet specific criteria:

  • Excessive and repetitive ritualistic behavior that you feel you must perform, or something bad will happen. Examples include hand washing, counting, silent mental rituals, checking door locks, etc.
  • The ritualistic compulsions take up a least one hour or more per day
  • You perform these physical rituals or mental acts to reduce the severe anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts.

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