Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety Track

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Severe Anxiety 12-Day Skills Building Intensive

For an individual suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or severe anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, etc….) this OCD/Anxiety Skills Building Intensive provides the opportunity, with assistance from OCD and anxiety specialists, to develop and implement a concrete plan of attack to help reduce their compulsive and avoidant behaviors and shrink the fear that fuels their disorder.

Patients in this track can expect to spend time on:

  • Building motivation to fight back against their OCD and anxiety
  • Increasing tolerance of uncertainty
  • Developing a hierarchy of fear triggers
  • Learning ways to weaken the frequency and intensity of their rituals
  • Exposing themselves to fear triggers in a purposeful and manageable manner
  • Reducing negative reactions to fear producing thoughts

How OCD/Anxiety Skills Building Intensives increase OCD and anxiety management skills

The OCD/Anxiety Skills Building Intensive program at Lindner Center of HOPE begins with assessment with a doctoral level OCD/anxiety specialist via in-person interview and evidence-based screening instruments. Education is also a cornerstone of the OCD/anxiety skills building intensive as clients learn how cognitive behavior therapy can be applied to weaken anxiety and assist in recovery. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) concepts are also reviewed. Next the team of OCD/anxiety specialists works with the patient to identify, strengthen and embrace motivational beliefs. From there the OCD/anxiety team guides the client in developing ways to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of the compulsions and behaviors that fuel their anxiety disorder. The patient will develop a hierarchy for their recovery that will act as a road map for facing and overcoming fear triggers. Several hours each day will be comprised of therapist-assisted and self-directed exposures. Throughout the stay, the client will compile recommendations and applications for their discharge.

Who would benefit from intensive treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a better understanding of how to manage anxiety

Highly motivated patients who already have a diagnosis of OCD, Panic Disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, body dysmorphic disorder, skin or hair pulling, or generalized anxiety disorder

The intent of the OCD/Anxiety Intensive is to provide a highly concentrated dosing of ERP to help a patient make faster recovery progress or push through recovery.

View an OCD/Anxiety 12-day Skills Building Intensive sample schedule: SH-OCD INTENSIVE

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