The Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living is investigating a new way to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder using an internet treatment program combined with counseling.
This study is open to adults ages 18 to 69 who have OCD. People with OCD suffer from persistent and recurring thoughts or “obsessions” that they find very disturbing. To cope with this distress, people with OCD feel compelled to perform "compulsions," behaviors (or mental acts) that seem to prevent a feared catastrophe or in other ways bring relief. The relief is only temporary, however, and people with OCD usually fall into a pattern of repeatedly performing a particular compulsion.
In this study we are trying to learn more about guided self-help (GSH) treatment for OCD. Over 17 weeks, participants will use an internet program to help practice skills they learn, particularly exposure and response prevention (ERP). Previous research has shown ERP to help people with OCD. During the treatment, a therapist will meet with the participant approximately every other week to provide support, answer questions and give suggestions for improving treatment. These session may also been done over the phone.
For more information, please contact:
Laura Bragdon, M.A.