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This session is part of Judaism, Health, and Healing, a daylong Chicago Community Resource Conference addressing issues and providing resources on health-related topics that impact every individual and every family. The conference features experts in the fields of healthcare, law, and Jewish studies.
is a Session 1 selection (takes place 9 am – 10:30 am)
Presented by Dr. Neil Bockian.
Obesessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that creates cycles of thought and behavior that can disturb regular functioning. This can lead to the need for the repetitive performance of various routines or compulsions to prevent or dismiss obsessive thoughts. OCD behavior can manifest in many ways and pervade into various realms, including religious life. In this session, we explore standard definitions and treatment of OCD through the examination of several case studies.
- biological, psychological, and social causal models of OCD
- medications and therapies to address OCD, including traditional drug regiments, natural remedies, and hypnosis
- how to utilize case studies to diagnose and treat OCD
- recent cases that provide insight into current understanding and debate about aspects of OCD
Neil Bockian, PhD has been a professor of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine since 1995, first at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and then at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where he now serves as director of the concentration in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Bockian has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 1990. He is well-versed in numerous forms of treatment and is the leading author of three books on this topic: Personality Guided Therapy for Depression (American Psychological Association Press, 2006), New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder (Three Rivers Press, 2002), and The Personality Disorders Treatment Planner (Wiley, 2001). He has applied his approach to the treatment of people with medical problems, such as chronic pain, spinal cord injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. He is also an American Association of Clinical Hypnosis Level 3 hypnotist, with training in mindfulness and meditation and a certification in Neurofeedback.