Behavioral and Neurobiological Mechanisms of Treatment Response in Pediatric OCD

Eligibility Criteria

Male and female between the ages 8 to 14:

  • Primary diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • English proficiency
  • Parent or legal guardian of youth participant who is capable and willing to participate in the study
Exclusion Criteria

Individuals that have:

  • Active suicidal ideation
  • Psychosis
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • Organic mental disorder
  • Developmental disorder
  • Change in psychotropic medication within past 6 weeks
  • Concurrent psychotherapy
  • Serious medical conditions that would interfere with study participation
  • Other medications, herbals, or over-the-counter medications that would interfere with interpretation of the study
  • Primary non-OCD psychiatric diagnosis

Researchers at San Diego State University are stuyding how and why treatment work for kids with OCD. The program is 12 weeks long and includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a novel computer-based program. In addition, families would be asked to complete behavioral exercises between sessions that help kids face their OCD fears. Parents are involved in their child’s treatment and complete a number of questionnaires about their children and as well as some computer tasks.

Andover, MA-OCD Support Group


Clearview Horizons is pleased to announce the offering of a weekly OCD support group. In addition to providing an opportunity to connect with other individuals with OCD, the group also provides a weekly educational component focused on an aspect related to OCD treatment, such as cognitive reframing versus reassurance, perfectionism, thought defusion, and mastering the skill of developing exposures.


What Does Not Cause OCD

People who have OCD did not do anything to cause it. And it isn’t caused by the way parents raise their children. OCD is a neurobiological disorder — not a condition that is caused by action or inaction.

Here are some common misperceptions about the causes of OCD:

For Best Results

To get the most from your OCD therapy:

  • Attend all of your therapy sessions; don’t give in to the temptation of cancelling.
  • Be completely open and honest with your therapist; nothing is too terrible to tell your therapist.
  • Do your homework between sessions.
  • Give your therapist feedback about your progress.
  • Keep going — even when it’s hard — to achieve the relief you deserve.

Learning to manage your OCD symptoms can be challenging, just like reaching any meaningful goal.

What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Everybody worries at times. It’s normal to worry about things like school, how you look, what you said or did in a certain situation, how your parents will react to something you did, or what the future will bring. But OCD takes worries and doubts to the extreme.

For example, most people have thoughts about others spreading germs or doubts about whether they locked their front door. Usually these thoughts crop up and then disappear. But if they keep returning and cause you a lot of anxiety if you don’t wash your hands or repeatedly check the front door, it could be OCD.

Treatments for OCD

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment for OCD that uses two scientifically based techniques to change a person’s behavior and thoughts: exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy. CBT is conducted by a cognitive-behavioral therapist who has special training in treating OCD.