2019 ADAA Recap

The McLean OCD Institute // Houston was delighted to attend the annual convention of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in beautiful (and chilly!) Chicago this year. As this year is our tenth anniversary, it was also our tenth appearance at the ADAA conference! We all enjoyed sharing updates with old colleagues, collaborators, and community partners as well as … Read More

A Bergen 4-Day Treatment Success Story: Gunnar Rolland

Gunnar Rolland remembers the exact age, he was 13 years old, when his OCD symptoms first appeared. He tried numerous treatment approaches and finally, 59 years later, at age 72 everything changed! “I had tried so many different therapies, and I had tried over and over to do exposure myself. The result was most often discomfort without change, and I had … Read More

Houston OCD Team Presents at Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference

In April of 2018 McLean OCD Institute // Houston psychologists Jen Sy, Ph.D., Angela Smith, Ph.D., and Chad Brandt, Ph.D., accompanied by summer residential counselor intern Keith Klein, M.A., presented on OCD treatment at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference in Washington D.C. Their talk, entitled “Challenges in Treating OCD with Co-Occuring ADHD” was attended by other … Read More

An Open Letter About OCD

There are a lot of misconceptions about OCD accompanied by many instances of misuses of the term in the media which can lead to invalidating and diminishing the experiences of those who actually suffer from the clinical disorder. Prompted by Khloe Kardashian’s recent ‘Klo-C-D’ campaign, a brave OCD-sufferer shares her personal and candid account of her own experiences of the … Read More

OCD and Social Anxiety

By: Jennifer Sy, Ph.D. Meeting new people, whether for friendship or dating, is often very intimidating. It can be especially intimidating when you have symptoms of OCD, and is often one of the areas people “get” to work on once OCD symptoms have improved. Here are some reasons that people with OCD often also experience anxiety about making new friends … Read More

2018 BTTI Training in Houston

Specialty OCD Training in Houston! The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) was recently sponsored by the McLean OCD Institute // Houston in January 2018.  It is an intensive 3-day training that 28 clinicians from around the United States attended to learn a specialized evidence-based treatment intervention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This treatment, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is truly … Read More

Holiday Anxiety and Perfectionism

By Melissa Fasteau, Psy.D It’s that time of year again where instagram and facebook have posting after posting with smiling faces, decorated Christmas trees, and beautifully arranged candlesticks in de-waxed chanukiot. All of these photos display family and friends’ enjoyment and glee around the holidays, but something inside mismatches the holiday cheer expressed in those photos. Uh-oh, all of the … Read More

Holidays and Sleep

By Simon Lao, B.S., Happy holidays from your friends at the McLean OCD Institute // Houston! The holiday season can be a wonderful time of the year. Kids are excited to have a break from school and many families are preparing to travel, attend or host family gatherings, explore evening activities (e.g., Zoo lights, New Year’s celebration) and countless other … Read More