Intensive Program for OCD

The Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at Bradley Hospital provides treatment to children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18, who experience significant impairment in their daily lives due to OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.  Among the conditions we treat are:

  • OCD
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Hypochondria/health anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety/social phobia
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)
  • Dermatillomania (skin picking disorder)

OCD Resources

Treatment Approach

The goal of the Intensive Program for OCD treatment is to alleviate OCD symptoms while improving daily functioning and promoting further involvement in school, social, and family activities. Ours is the only program on the East Coast to use a milieu-based intensive treatment model with this age group.

At the forefront of OCD treatment and research, our clinical team uses a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention (ERP). The treatment of choice for individuals with OCD, exposure and response prevention strengthens a child’s ability to manage anxiety by gradually facing fears and reducing the repetitive rituals of OCD.

Treatment takes place Monday through Friday at Bradley Hospital. Program hours depend on a child’s level of care. We offer a full-day partial program with home-based ERP sessions every day and a half-day program with home-based ERP two days per week. The average length of treatment is approximately eight weeks.

The Intensive Program for OCD can be an effective care option for youth who have not responded to traditional outpatient treatment or who lack specialized OCD services where they live.

OCD's Impact on Children and Their Families

  • School avoidance or difficulty attending school
  • Withdrawal from family, friends
  • Loss of interest in sports, other activities
  • Problems eating, sleeping and bathing

For more information about the Intensive Program for OCD, please call 401-432-1516 or use our contact form.

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