Overcoming OCD
Information for College Students

What To Do If Your School Doesn’t Offer Treatment for OCD

If you tried the student health center and the counseling service and they told you they don’t offer treatment for OCD, don’t despair.  Some doctors and nurses aren’t well-educated about OCD and don’t know how to treat it.  That’s why you must educate yourself about the disorder to make sure you get the right treatment.

If treatment isn’t available on campus, look for a psychologist who offers cognitive behavior therapy in private practice near school or a local psychiatrist (you need one who is trained in treating people with OCD using Cognitive Behavior Therapy). 

For a list of treatment providers in the Chicagoland area, you can contact OCD Chicago:

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If you live or attend school in another part of the U.S., look for a treatment provider online at the national Obsessive Compulsive Foundation’s web site at www.ocfoundation.org.

I Can’t Find a CBT Therapist Near School.  What Should I Do?

The most important thing to do is not give up.  It may be possible to work long-distance with a therapist who uses CBT.  Try locating one in or near your home town and ask him or her to work with you while you are away at college.  You could meet in person when you come home, and may be able to work with the therapist remotely by telephone in between personal sessions.

While you are looking for a therapist, learn about OCD and pay attention to your own symptoms.  This information will be helpful when you meet with a therapist:

  • Keep track of your symptoms.  Carry a small notebook with you and write down the time, place and intensity of any obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.
  • Read up on OCD.  This web site can give you information about the disorder, various kinds of symptoms and related conditions, plus recommended articles and books.

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