Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD)
Most cases of OCD and anxiety-related disorders are treatable. A variety of interventions are available. After a thorough evaluation, your COARD clinician will review your options and help you obtain the treatment that is right for you.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is the most established psychological treatment for OCD and most of the anxiety-related disorders. Patients are taught to face the things they fear at a manageable pace (“exposure”). They also learn healthy coping habits to replace compulsions and other behavior that interfere with recovery (“response prevention”).
A number of medications have been effective with OCD and anxiety-related disorders. In most cases, individuals receiving CBT at our Center are seen by a COARD psychiatrist. However, they may also elect to continue the care they have been receiving from a community psychiatrist.
Family Consultation for Participating Patients
COARD clinicians routinely counsel family members to help them learn how to support their loved one’s treatment. The extent of family involvement depends on patient need and other factors. Parents of a child in therapy are typically more actively involved.
Motivational Enhancement & Treatment-Readiness Therapy
Patients ambivalent about treatment can benefit from interventions designed to help them increase motivation or overcome other obstacles so they can participate effectively in therapy. COARD clinicians have been leaders in pioneering strategies to help these patients.
Family Consultation for Treatment-Refusers
When a person with an anxiety-related disorder refuses to seek help, the rest of the family is left to deal with a potentially stressful situation. Fortunately, help is available for these families. The clinical team at COARD helps families reduce stress and deal more effectively with a treatment-refuser.
Some individuals benefit from the mutual support provided in a group treatment format. The COARD conducts group therapy for several anxiety-related groups. To find out which groups are currently available, visit the Group Therapy section.
Although CBT and medication are the treatments of choice, other therapies may be included in treatment, depending on patient need. Other services that might be considered include spiritual direction, physical therapy, nutritional consultation, and biofeedback.
We have been providing anxiety treatment programs for over 30 years and can provide relief from the constant fear, panic, and/or worry. Our anxiety treatment team can be reached at 314-289-9411.