OCD Facts

Dr. Elspeth Bell, a licensed psychologist at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, speaks on behalf of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She describes the mental illness OCD, which stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is a serious and often debilitating chronic anxiety disorder that causes people to have unwanted and intrusive thoughts, or obsessions. To try to ease their anxiety or distress, people with OCD often repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines, called compulsions.


Innovative Technology: Telehealth, Tablets, & Other Technologies

Patrick McGrath, PhD
Director, Alexian Brothers Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Dr. McGrath discusses what patients need to know about telehealth technologies for treating anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD, including privacy and security concerns.

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Countering Bullying, Teasing, and Aggressive Behavior

Students with OCD may be at greater risk for bullying.

Many bullying episodes are verbal, brief, and frequently take place during times with little teacher supervision. As a result, students may believe that teachers don’t care or can’t do anything about it. School personnel who allow bullying, teasing, and more aggressive pushing and hitting do damage to the self-esteem of a victimized student who has OCD.