Resolve and Resilience From Panic

Rita Zoey ChinThere was a time when basic things—like driving, climbing a flight of stairs, taking a shower, or going through the checkout line at the grocery store—landed me somewhere between mortal unease and full-throttle terror. It all began with a single panic attack that seemed to strike out of the blue. Mistaking it for a heart attack, I called an ambulance, but I quickly learned that there is no ambulance for an alarm of the mind.

"Just Perfect"

If anyoneHanne Arts had told me several years ago that everything would get better, I would have nodded while screaming disbelief inside my head. I thought things simply could not get better, that I'd be forever feel imprisoned in a dark room.

Behavioral and Neurobiological Mechanisms of Treatment Response in Pediatric OCD

Eligibility Criteria

Male and female between the ages 8 to 14:

  • Primary diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • English proficiency
  • Parent or legal guardian of youth participant who is capable and willing to participate in the study
Exclusion Criteria

Individuals that have:

  • Active suicidal ideation
  • Psychosis
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • Organic mental disorder
  • Developmental disorder
  • Change in psychotropic medication within past 6 weeks
  • Concurrent psychotherapy
  • Serious medical conditions that would interfere with study participation
  • Other medications, herbals, or over-the-counter medications that would interfere with interpretation of the study
  • Primary non-OCD psychiatric diagnosis

Researchers at San Diego State University are stuyding how and why treatment work for kids with OCD. The program is 12 weeks long and includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a novel computer-based program. In addition, families would be asked to complete behavioral exercises between sessions that help kids face their OCD fears. Parents are involved in their child’s treatment and complete a number of questionnaires about their children and as well as some computer tasks.