OCD Studies, Projects, and Hope

by stuart miles freedigitalphotos.net

by stuart miles freedigitalphotos.net

This week is OCD Awareness Week 2016 and you can check out the various activities and events going on here.

Thankfully, there are a lot of people and organizations that work tirelessly, every day of the year, to help those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Below are a few examples of studies and projects happening now – please check them out as there might be something that could directly benefit you or a loved one.

Firstly…..You might remember that last year, I posted about a study being conducted by Jenna Feldman, a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Yeshiva University. Jenna is now involved in a different study about OCD and is looking for some help. If you’re interested, check out the information below:

Online Survey about Childhood Experiences and OCD

Please help us with a research survey about OCD treatment and enter a raffle for a $50 giftcard!

If you are an adult (age >18) and suffer from the symptoms of OCD you are invited to complete an online survey about your symptoms as well as certain childhood experiences that some people have. This study is being conducted by the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. If you consent to participate in this study you will complete a series of anonymous questionnaires that ask you questions about your childhood experiences and emotions. The survey should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. If you elect to participate you will have the option to be entered into a raffle for one of four $50 gift cards. To learn more about the study please follow the link below:


Secondly…..Please check out UNSTUCK, which has received amazing reviews so far. From their website:

UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie shines a spotlight on kids 6-13 and shows them for what they truly are: OCD experts. The children featured in the film will serve as smart, positive role models offering information and hope to other children dealing with OCD, as well as to their families and communities.

The filmmakers are trying to represent a diverse group of children in the film. If you, or someone you know, has a child under the age of 13 who is African American, Latino, Native American or Asian and has struggled with OCD, please contact Kelly or Chris via their website. In particular they are looking for children who have had some success fighting OCD and can share their knowledge about what OCD is and how to fight it.

And last but not least…..An update from the Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC) at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)/New York State Psychiatric Institute:

Our clinic is currently offering treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with obsessive compulsive disorder at no cost through our research treatment program.

Novel Antibiotic Treatment Study (ages 8-20 years)

This NIMH-funded research study assesses the efficacy of minocycline (an FDA-approved antibiotic) for youth who are diagnosed with OCD and who remain symptomatic after an adequate trial of an antidepressant medication. The study will also involve MRS brain scans before and after treatment to assess treatment-related changes in glutamate levels. Our team provides a full diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric care throughout the study.

Ketamine Treatment Study (ages 14-20 years)

This research study aims to determine whether treatment with a low dose of the anesthetic ketamine can rapidly reduce OCD symptoms in adolescents and young adults who remain symptomatic after adequate trials of antidepressant medications and a course of CBT. Eligible participants will receive a full diagnostic evaluation, a one-time low dose of intravenous ketamine, and close monitoring for two weeks following the infusion.

CBT Treatment & Imaging Study (ages 5-17 years)

This research study offers a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and a full course of CBT to unmedicated children and adolescents with OCD. The study includes MRI scans before and after treatment to assess the function and structure of overlapping neural circuits that support cognitive processes.

Our clinic also offers up to three months of follow-up care (including medication and CBT for OCD) at no cost after participating in one of our OCD treatment studies. For more information, please contact Dylan Braun at 646-774-5793 or braundy@nyspi.columbia.edu.

Thanks once again to all who dedicate themselves to helping those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. You provide those who are suffering with what is needed most –  HOPE!



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