As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m taking some time to reflect on how much I truly have to be thankful for. This year, for the first time in eight years, my whole family will be together for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m looking forward to a wonderful day.
My heart goes out to those individuals and families whose lives are currently in turmoil because of their, or their loved ones, struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or any illness for that matter. Unfortunately OCD doesn’t typically take a break during the holiday season, and might even intensify during this time of year. Many OCD sufferers need help now, but they are not getting it.
The road to recovery from OCD is not easy, and one of the biggest obstacles faced is the shortage of proper therapists and treatment centers.
And so I am particularly thankful this Thanksgiving to hear the news that Rogers Behavioral Health System plans to open new OCD and anxiety treatment centers in Chicago and Nashville.
The clinics, which are scheduled to open in mid-2015, will offer intensive outpatient programs, as well as partial hospitalization programs. Treatment will typically last four to six weeks. Staff will include board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists, all trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy to treat OCD and related anxiety disorders. This is not the first time Rogers is branching out. In September 2014, they opened a center in Tampa, Florida, their first location outside of Wisconsin.
This is truly a reason to celebrate. Here we have concrete evidence that we are moving in the right direction to give people access to the treatment they deserve. Yes, there are still not enough quality treatment centers, and yes, the ability to pay for them even if they exist is also an issue. But we have to start somewhere.
If you’d like to learn more about these two new centers, you can check out this article. In the meantime, I wish all my readers who celebrate Thanksgiving a happy and healthy holiday, surrounded by those you love.