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STOP Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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One in five people are likely to suffer a mental health problem at some stage in their life. Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common mental health problems in our community, but they are generally misunderstood and poorly treated.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects more than 450,000 Australians. People with OCD are besieged by intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images or impulses (obsessions), and are compelled to perform behavioural and mental rituals (compulsions). Obsessions and compulsions are distressing, exhausting and time consuming, and cause significant interference in the sufferer’s family and social relationships, daily routines, and their capacity to fulfil their goals in employment and education.

The Obsessive Compulsive, Anxiety & Related Disorders (OCARD) Research Program conducts treatment and research into disorders, including OCD and related disorders such as Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Compulsive Hoarding, and Compulsive Buying. We are also investigating anxiety and depression in people suffering from a chronic medical illness. The Program undertakes research into factors that make individuals vulnerable to these disorders, and treatments for these disorders.

Details

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been found to be an effective treatment of OCD. It helps the sufferer identify the ideas, beliefs and behaviours associated with OCD, and ways of modifying them.

The Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre and the Psychology Clinic at Swinburne University of Technology offer a 10-week Group CBT program for the treatment of OCD. The program is called Systematic Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Phenomena – or STOP Therapy, for short. It focuses on providing participants with information about OCD, practical strategies on managing OCD symptoms, general anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, and provides strategies for preventing or managing future relapses. STOP therapy has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of OCD over 10-weeks, and that these gains are maintained in the 6 months following treatment. The treatment is offered as ten 1.5-hour weekly sessions at the Psychology Clinic at Swinburne University.

Eligibility

To be a part of the OCD STOP therapy program participants are required to complete a two-hour assessment with a counsellor at the Clinic and obtain a referral and mental health care plan from their doctor.

Dates

The next OCD Stop program is scheduled to commence in late 2014, with assessment process to commence soon. OCD Stop programs run a number of times throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Project Officer on 9214 5528 or psychprojects@swin.edu.au.

Fees

The cost of the OCD STOP is $372. Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 sessions and there is an assessment fee of $25 which cannot be rebated through Medicare. If you are unable to pay the program fee in one lump sum please contact the Project Officer to discuss alternate arrangements.

How to apply

Our groups run multiple times throughout the year. To find out how you can register to participate in this group please contact the Clinic's Project Officer by phone (03) 9214 5528 or email psychprojects@swin.edu.au

Free OCD Help!

OCD STOP! is a comprehensive online psychological treatment  for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) based on the face-to-face Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) already in use at Swinburne University’s  Psychology Clinic.

OCD STOP! online treatment is already known to help reduce symptoms of OCD. Researchers at Swinburne’s Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) and National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) are now looking for people with OCD who would like to take part in a further study investigating who can most benefit from the online OCD STOP! program.

Participants in the study will receive treatment for their OCD free of charge.

OCD STOP! is confidential, and participants can continue with other treatments.

The 12 week online treatment program provides information about OCD, and helps participants learn how to control their anxiety and better manage their OCD. During the study participants receive assistance in the form of weekly email contact with a qualified therapist.

The order in which participants receive treatment components will vary from person to person, but everyone who takes part in the study will have the opportunity to complete the full CBT-based treatment for their OCD.

To find out more, or to apply to join the program, email: ocdstoptrial@anxietyonline.org.au.

After contacting us by email, you will receive a unique log-in and a link to the OCD STOP! program page. From there you will be provided with more information about the study and what is involved. If you wish to proceed you will then be contacted by a researcher who will talk with you about your symptoms and find out whether you are eligible to participate.