On Demand OCD Lecture Series: The Role of Medications in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Water Wings for Behavioral Therapy
This presentation was originally reviewed on September 16, 2021, and broadcast live online on September 17, 2021, from 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET.
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a severely impairing condition but is highly responsive to specialized care. There is a substantial evidence base demonstrating the best approaches to treating OCD; therefore, it is critical that clinicians are informed of strategies that do and don’t work. While exposure-response prevention (ERP) is the gold-standard treatment for OCD, many patients cannot adequately engage in treatment without the help of pharmacotherapy. Medications can help patients be willing to begin therapy, tolerate exposures without getting overwhelmed, and move efficiently through an exposure hierarchy. Evidence shows that outcomes are significantly improved when medications are used in conjunction with ERP. While SSRIs represent the single first-line medication class, strategies for SSRI augmentation or second- and third-line approaches are more complex. The majority of patients presenting to our intensive outpatient program have not received adequate CBT or pharmacotherapeutic care. Experience with severe OCD is often limited in training and specialized education is necessary for providers to be well-equipped to effectively treat the full range of OCD manifestations.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals.
After this lecture, registrants will be able to:
- Determine the need for pharmacotherapy for OCD and choose a first-line medication.
- Identify the evidence-based augmentation options when first-line treatment is insufficient.
- Appreciate and leverage the synergy between CBT and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of OCD.
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About these speakers
Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD received her MD/PhD from Vanderbilt University and her clinical training in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry from UCLA. She is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In both research and clinical practice, Dr. Nurmi specializes in obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders. She is Medical Director of the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, a part of the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. At the Greater Los Angeles VA, partner to UCLA, she is the Anxiety Disorders Section Chief. Dr. Nurmi directs a molecular and computational genetics laboratory, investigating genetic contributions to mental illness vulnerability and response to treatment. She is an executive member of the OCD/Tourette Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and UCLA site Principal Investigator for the International OCD ENIGMA Consortium. Dr. Nurmi is a national and international speaker in educational forums, clinician trainings, parent/patient support groups and public events, where she enjoys sharing her passion for science and medicine.
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Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD, reports that she is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Association of America & Teva Pharmaceuticals and Scientific Advisory Board of Myriad Genetics. She will discuss genetic testing to inform prescribing, and off label uses of augmentation drugs & new alternatives not FDA-approved for OCD but well-supported by literature, in this presentation.
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OCD & Anxiety Lecture Series: The Role of Medications in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Water Wings for Behavioral Therapy
Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
David Geffen School of Medicine
Medical Director, UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program
Los Angeles, CA
Originally reviewed September 16, 2021
Originally broadcast live September 17, 2021, from 10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET
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