Contemporary Conceptualization and Treatment of OCD and its Partner GAD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are widely misunderstood both in the popular media and by clinicians who encounter them. They can be silently and shamefully endured, or they can be obviously debilitating. OCD frequently involves unwanted intrusive thoughts that terrify, disgust or bewilder the sufferer, accompanied by attempts to manage the anxiety with behavioral or cognitive compulsions that may seem rational or irrational to the sufferer. GAD involves excessive, uncontrollable worry that interferes with daily functioning or wellbeing. OCD also has many subtle subtypes that can be underdiagnosed as GAD or “issues.” A functional look at the phenomenology of both disorders leads to viewing GAD as “OCD-lite.” The seminar will also focus on a treatment model for these disorders.
Sally M. Winston, PsyD, is the founder and executive director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute in Baltimore, MD. She is a master clinician who has given sought-after national workshops for therapists for decades. She is a frequent guest on podcasts and webinars. She received the prestigious Jerilyn Ross Award of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) in 2011. She is coauthor of four books with Dr Martin Seif: What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Anxiety Disorders, Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts, Needing to Know For Sure and Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her blog Living with a Sticky Mind can be found at PsychologyToday.com.