recorded webinar

The Interplay Between PTSD and OCD: Treatment Considerations and Tactics

The Interplay Between PTSD and OCD: Treatment Considerations and Tactics
Thursday, December 07, 2023 2:00 pm
- 3:00 pm ET

 Recent research shows that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can co-occur, and symptoms of each disorder may affect the other. Recognizing the distinct disorders of OCD and PTSD is not only crucial for accurate diagnosis but also plays a pivotal role in tailoring effective treatments. The intricate interplay between these disorders demands a nuanced understanding of their unique fear structures and how they interplay. By acknowledging the multifaceted nature of these conditions, clinicians can develop specialized treatment plans that comprehensively address all fear structures associated with both OCD and PTSD in addition to any other comorbid disorders. This holistic approach becomes particularly significant as research indicates that a uniform approach will not suffice for individuals experiencing comorbidity. Majority of treatment guidelines lack clear directives for treating patients with specific comorbid disorders. When comorbidity is acknowledged, the discussion is often broad, offering limited specific treatment recommendations, especially for patients with discordant combinations of conditions. By prioritizing a thorough diagnostic process and comprehensive assessment practice that identifies triggers, traumas, and thought patterns inherent to each disorder, clinicians can create a targeted treatment plan that attends to both the individual disorders and their interconnections. We will delve into practical strategies and clinical insights, utilizing case studies to exemplify the importance of recognizing and addressing the intricate interplay between OCD and PTSD for more effective and tailored therapeutic interventions.


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Presenter(s) Biography

Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles, California and a Clinical Assistant Professor (V) at the USC Keck School of Medicine. The Westwood Institute is often called an intensive center of 'last resort' for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and other anxiety disorders. By integrating treatment methods with a multidisciplinary team of experts, Dr. Gorbis has brought hundreds of people with prior treatment failures to normal functioning. Her expertise was prominently featured on programs, such as "20/20," "60 Minutes," and "MTV's True Life.”  She has given over 170 conference presentations on topics related to her intensive treatment of OCD, BDD, and anxiety disorders around the world.

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