An Innovative Intervention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Web-Based Self-Help Program for OCD



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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness characterized by unwanted intrusive thoughts followed by repetitive rituals. 50.6% of adult cases of OCD are considered severe according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Interventions based on evidence based modalities for OCD in the United States are difficult to access and are extremely costly. The OCD Challenge (OCDC) is an interactive Internet based self-help program for OCD. This website allows participants to engage in an evidence-based intervention (CBT, specifically exposure with response prevention) for their OCD. The OCD Challenge is an online intervention that guides participants through the website, prompting them to climb their personal “OCD Mountain” with step-by-step direction along the way. The OCDC is a novel approach that will afford many individuals with OCD the opportunity to receive an evidence-based intervention that may not otherwise be available. This research study describes the development of the online interactive program and the demographics of participants who are accessing the program. Future studies should examine the feasibility of the website on OCD, disability, depression, anxiety and stress symptom reduction.



Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Self-help, Technology based intervention


Portions of this document appear in: McIngvale, Elizabeth, Patrick S. Bordnick, and John Hart. "A Self-help Website for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Who is Accessing the Website?." Journal of Technology in Human Services 33, no. 2 (2015): 191-203. And in: McIngvale, Elizabeth, Christine Bakos-Block, John Hart, and Patrick S. Bordnick. "Technology and obsessive compulsive disorder: An interactive self-help website for OCD." Journal of Technology in Human Services 30, no. 2 (2012): 128-136. And in: McIngvalea, Elizabeth, Christine Bakos-Blockb, John Hartc, and Patrick S. Bordnickd. "The OCD Challenge: An online self-help program for obsessive compulsive disorder." Psicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale, Monograph Supplement (2012): 83-97.