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

ADAA Q&A: What is Residential Treatment?

People often contact the Houston OCD Program with questions about what kind of intensive treatment is appropriate for the individual or a family member. The different levels of care, including Inpatient Treatment, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospital Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Outpatient Services can be confusing to navigate. The Houston OCD Program offers three levels of care; residential support, intensive outpatient program, … Read More

Media Coverage on OCD and Survivor Stories

Ever since Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was first clearly defined in the 1980’s, many studies have explored the symptoms, origins, and effective treatments for the disorder. As more and more research has been conducted, OCD has gained significant wp-content/uploads attention as well. Not all of the depictions of OCD in the wp-content/uploads are always accurate, but recently there have been … Read More

Overcoming OCD: One Patient’s Journey Through Treatment

I was struggling for a long time with upsetting thoughts that kept coming back in my mind until I finally reached a point where I decided to have the help of a clinical psychologist. I was diagnosed with OCD and finally learned the name to my endless struggle …READ MORE

Life after Treatment: Relapse Prevention Workshop

The Houston OCD Program presented the Life after Treatment: Relapse Prevention workshop that is based on our Relapse Prevention group at the IOCDF Conference on Saturday, July 19th, 2014. Jessica Gerfen, PhD, Jennifer Sy, PhD, Christen Sistrunk, MA, LPC, and Emily Anderson, PhD presented this interactive workshop to adult attendees and their family members.…READ MORE

Inpatient programs versus residential programs for OCD and other anxiety disorders

There are effective treatments available for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. Majority of people with these disorders benefit greatly from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), especially from Exposure and response prevention. This is true for outpatient therapy, that is the “classical” weekly therapy session for 12 to 20 weeks. …READ MORE