2.2 million adults live with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and while the median age of onset is 19 years old, 25% develop the illness by age 14. At McLean Hospital, we are committed to providing robust care, support, and educational resources for individuals living with OCD.
OCD is a common anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. A person’s level of OCD can be anywhere from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, it can destroy a person’s capacity to function at work, at school, or even to lead a comfortable existence in the home.
McLean offers comprehensive residential, day, and outpatient services to help children and adults living with OCD. Care incorporates individual, group, and family therapy, behavioral therapies, diagnostic assessment, consultation services, tailored treatment plans, and medication evaluation and management.
Our evidence-based treatment and therapy models, such as exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), are informed by cutting-edge research conducted at McLean and around the world. By incorporating various approaches, treatment can be customized for each individual to help ensure recovery.
McLean’s insurance-based and self-pay programs focus on providing skills for patients to manage their illnesses on their own. McLean also focuses on providing robust patient and family education and support, including educational materials, support groups, and assistance with community resources.
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