I’ve recently become aware of some exciting programs, studies, and projects going on aimed at helping those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, so I thought I’d highlight three of them for you:
Ryan Bernstein, a high school junior from Portland, Oregon, has undertaken an amazing project to raise money for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). He is writing a book titled: OCD to Me: an anthology of anxieties and is seeking contributions for his book. You can read more about Ryan’s personal story, as well as complete his short survey (four questions) here.
Boston University runs a wonderful program for college-aged students. From the article:
For the past three years, Boston University has offered one of the few programs in the nation dedicated to teaching students who have had to leave college the coping skills that will give them a shot at getting back into school or work while managing severe anxiety, depression, and other serious mental health conditions.
An exciting five-year study involving home-based ERP therapy for children is in the works, and you can read about it here. From the article:
The Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) at the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center, has received a $3.4 million funding award from The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare patient-centered (primarily in the home/community) to provider-centered (primarily in the office) outpatient treatment for kids with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The aim of the study is to devise an alternative outpatient treatment model featuring a bachelor’s level clinician, or mobile exposure coach, working in conjunction with PhDs to conduct in-home therapy visits.
I’ve highlighted the above project, program, and study because they are all exciting, innovative ways to help those with OCD. I hope you’ll take the time to read more about them. Who knows? They just might be exactly what you or someone you care about is looking for!