5-day intensive treatment for childhood OCD

Are you having trouble finding treatment for your child or teenager with obsessive-compulsive disorder?

We are conducting a research study to examine how well intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered over 5 days works in reducing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms in children and adolescents. Past research has found that CBT is helpful for as many as 85% of children with OCD. However, many people do not have access to CBT – therefore, brief intensive CBT may be a way to make treatment available to more children. Treatment will focus on teaching parents and children how to treat OCD symptoms together. As part of the study your child will receive intensive treatment after a 4-week waiting period. This study will involve 10 50-minute sessions of CBT over one week and 4 evaluations of varying lengths before and after treatment.

Mayo Clinic, University of South Florida, Fordham University
Principal Investigator: 
Stephen Whiteside, PhD; Eric Storch, PhD; Dean MaKay, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 

Your child must be between the ages of 7 and 17 and have problematic OCD symptoms. In addition, at least one parent is needed to accompany the child and the family must have a computer with high-speed internet within their home.

To participate in this study you and your child must travel to one of three sites: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; University of South Florida in Tampa, FL; or Fordham University in Bronx, NY.

Exclusion Criteria: 

Patients must not have history of and/or current psychosis, autism, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, or eating disorder, or be suicidal. Participants can be included if they are taking medications for OCD provided that no changes are made during the study.

Stephen Whiteside, PhD, (507) 293-0089, whiteside.stephen@mayo.edu; Eric Storch, PhD, (727) 767-8230, estorch@health.usf.edu; Dean McKay,PhD, (718) 817-4498, mckay@fordham.edu
Rochester, MN

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