OCD? Not Me! is a new, fully online treatment from Curtin University for young people who have OCD. It is an 8-stage program consisting of information about OCD, activities developed to help young people overcome the symptoms of OCD, plus tips and techniques to support young people through the program and regular feedback.
Associate Professor Clare Rees and Dr Rebecca Anderson, from Curtin’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, said people with OCD become preoccupied with negative thoughts and behaviors that can control their lives. “People with OCD may have rituals or strong compulsions to do certain things repeatedly, in order to banish the daunting thoughts. When OCD is severe, the obsessions can be extremely distressing for a young person and impacts their academic, social and family life. OCD is thought to affect 0.5-2 percent of children and the World Health Organization has ranked it as the tenth leading cause of disability in the world. More than 450,000 Australians will develop OCD at some time in their lives which is why research is so important.”
Associate Professor Clare Rees said, online treatments were a cost-effective, flexible, accessible way for clients to access treatment, especially for people who are reluctant to undertake face-face therapy or who lack access to services. “It will also include a national referral network so that individuals needing additional help will be linked to useful services in their area.”
The ‘OCD? Not Me!’ program has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (Mental Health Promotion Section) and will run for the next two and a half years.
The service is free and fully automated and potential participants will undertake an online assessment to evaluate the suitability of the program.
Register your interest for the ‘OCD? Not Me!’ program.
There is also additional information and support for parents and caregivers.