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OCD in People With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Ailsa Russell, PhD
Clinical Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
University of Bath

Dr. Russell addresses treatment approaches for people with OCD and autism spectrum disorders. Her research with colleagues at Kings College London has focused on studies of people with autism, in particular trying to adapt or develop effective psychological interventions for anxiety, OCD, and other emotional disorders.

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Q&A: What Is Residential Treatment?

We asked two experts about residential treatment for OCD, OC-related disorders, and other anxiety disorders.

Bradley C. Riemann, PhD (Clinical Director, OCD Center & CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital) and Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD (Program Director, Houston OCD Program) answered our questions.

Treatment Now Saves Lives: Georgia

When Robin Williams ended his life, the world took notice.

But the effects of suicide are no less devastating to family members of less well-known, deeply loved people.

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Anna Clendening Finds Her Voice

Anna Clendening found her voice and faced thousands of people and a national audience on America’s Got Talent in 2014. She had suffered from panic disorder and depression for six years, at times unable to get out of bed or leave her house.

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Treatment Now Saves Lives: Mara

We are in this together. "If we recognize that our pain is a shared pain and a part of our common humanity, we can be more at peace.”

Instead of letting her depression run her life, she decided to outrun it.


“I have clinical depression,” says Mara Suttman-Lea. “No, I am not depressed. I suffer from depression. They are two vastly different concepts.”

Fears of Ebola?

10/30/2014

An expert explains why reassuring words that you won't get Ebola are often not enough to soothe your anxieties.

October 9: National Depression Screening Day

10/1/2014

Take an anonymous online screening or locate a mental health screening site, including those for college students and military and their families. Screening for depression is as important as screening for physical diseases because early identification makes treatment more effective.

Suicide

Robin WilliamsADAA mourns the loss of Robin Williams and too many others whose lives have ended due to suicide. His tragic death illustrates the great need for increased public awareness of the grave risk that suicide poses.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy vs. Supportive Psychotherapy for Adults With Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

The purpose of this study is to learn which of two forms of therapy is more likely to help people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We are comparing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a promising new treatment for BDD, and supportive psychotherapy (SPT), which appears to be the most widely used therapy in the community to treat BDD and related problems, such as low self-esteem or problems with family members or friends.

Study Treatments

Organization: 
Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital
Principal Investigator: 
Katharine Phillips, MD
Eligibility Criteria: 

Adults (age18 or older):

  • Have BDD.
  • Live within driving distance of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Meet further qualifications for this study.
Contact: 
Phone: 877-4MGH-BDD or email BDD@Lifespan.org
Location: 
Massachusetts General Hospital
State: 
Massachusetts
Study End Date: 
Sat, 2016-04-30

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