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We believe that anxiety disorders are treatable and that no one should have to live with excessive anxiety.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be frightening and frustrating for its sufferers, as well as for their friends and family members. Obsessions and compulsions in OCD can take many forms. For example, some people with OCD may fear contamination and wash their hands until the skin is raw. Others may repeatedly check locks and appliances for fear that their house will be broken into or will burn down. Still others may fear that they have harmed themselves or a loved one and will spend hours checking to be certain that this is not the case. People with OCD are often bothered by disturbing intrusive thoughts or images, things they cannot stop from coming into their minds repeatedly and which do not make sense. Most people with OCD recognize that their fears are not rational, yet feel unable to manage the obsessions or resist the compulsions.


The OCD Institute (OCDI) of the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety (CUTA) at San Diego State University is directed
by Nader Amir, PhD.

At the OCDI we provide specialized clinical services and conduct research related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Clinical Services
  • Diagnostic assessment for OCD for adults and children.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
  • In addition, we provide Intensive Treatment for severe OCD.
  • This treatment is on a fee-for-service basis. We offer a free initial assessment. For those enrolled in our research study, treatment is available free of charge upon completion of the study.

    Our Research
  • We are currently conducting a clinical trial of Attention Training, a 4-week, computerized treatment program for OCD. For inclusion in the study, participants must have a primary diagnosis of OCD. Click here to learn more about participating
  • CBT treatment is available free of charge upon completion of the study.

  • OCD Resources

    Other Local Resources