Highlights from the 2016 Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI)

  The Houston OCD Program was excited to partner with the International OCD Foundation to host yet another Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). The BTTI is an intensive three-day training on OCD and related disorders. The training took place April 22nd-24th and 30 clinicians from all over the United States attended as well as three international therapists, from Spain and … Read More

New Parenthood and Anxiety

Welcoming a new child into your family can give rise to a variety of different emotions, ranging from excitement to fear and anxiety. For some new parents, the upcoming birth of a child can give rise to a number of concerns and welcoming a new baby can be particularly difficult if a history of OCD or another anxiety disorder is … Read More

Highlights from the Annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference

Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD., ABPP., Jennifer Sy, PhD., and Eeva Edds, MA., LPC-Intern from the Houston OCD Program attended the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference held in Philadelphia, PA, March 31st to April 3rd. The ADAA conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network and catch up on the latest research on anxiety and depression and this … Read More

What’s in Your Toolbox?

When it comes to fixing something in your home or preparing a great meal you need the right tools or ingredients. Taking care of yourself also requires the right tools. For some, there is no thinking needed to do this. However, when you are struggling with an anxiety disorder or depression you must be more active about taking care of … Read More

What Is It Like to Be in Residential Treatment? -A Former Patient’s Perspective

In treating mental health problems there are different levels of care. These levels include (in increasing intensity and amount of support): outpatient, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient. The lingo can get a bit confusing so here are a few quick definitions. I am currently in residential treatment. College with OCD was becoming very hard to handle and I needed to have more time … Read More

Stress and Anxiety Around the Holidays

For many people, holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. However, the holidays can be stressful and anxiety-provoking as well. Holiday parties are often difficult for people with social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder for various reasons. The holidays can also be stressful due to added pressure and expectations from friends and family. In … Read More

Getting out of the Fishbowl -A Former Patient’s Story

  I can still clearly recall one of the lowest points in my life. It came when I voluntarily checked into the psychiatric ward of the same hospital where I had been born. On this day, years after my first visit, I found myself in the “fishbowl room,” as it was called, where I had no privacy, was watched by … Read More

Mindfulness and Anxiety

‘Mindfulness’ may be a term that you have come across recently and wondered what it was all about. From Anderson Cooper to the Huffington Post, everyone seems to be buzzing about mindfulness. So what’s the big deal? Mindfulness essentially means being fully aware of the present moment. Many of us spend majority of our days multitasking and being distracted by … Read More