GG OCD - Thoughts Exercise
This app aims to improve OCD symptoms, specifically negative thinking by increasing the user’s awareness of negative thoughts and training the brain to challenge them.
NOCD is an app for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. NOCD helps consumers with two types of treatments: Mindfulness and Exposure Response Prevention Treatment. Specifically, the app contains immediate guidance during an OCD episode, weekly tests to assess severity of OCD, OCD information and education, data about the condition and treatment that can be shared with a therapist, and motivational support in the form of notifications.
Available for: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android 5.0 and up.
Developer: NOCD INC
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information, Cognitive Behavioral Principles, (Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP)
Targeted Conditions: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play
This pilot study wanted to investigate whether offering an integrated treatment with brief in-person therapy accompanied with a mobile application (NOCD, previously nOCD) would be a way to increase access to obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment. 33 participants were enrolled into this 8 week open trial. The integrated treatment programs consisted of 3 to 5 in person meetings that were followed by weekly phone calls by NOCD. Participants were evaluated through trained raters and self-report measures at baseline, mid treatment, post treatment and 2 month follow up. The primary outcome was the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale. Of the 33 participants 14 (42%) responded to the treatment and 8 (24%) gained milder symptoms. The 2 month (n = 20) follow up revealed 7 (35%) met the criteria for treatment response and 3 (15%) met the criteria for treatment remission. (Hong, Sanchez, & Comer. 2020. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005789420300666)
The research wanted to examine treatment outcomes in a large naturalistic sample of participants with a main OCD diagnosis who received NOCD treatment from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 3552 adults participated in a twice-weekly, live, face-to-face teletherapy exposure and response prevention (ERP) for 3 weeks, followed by 6 weeks of once-weekly brief video teletherapy check-ins for 30 minutes. Assessments of the Dimensional Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (DOCS) were conducted when the study started, after the 3 weeks of twice-weekly sessions, and at the end of the 6 weeks of check-ins. The participants also received longitudinal assessments of DOCS 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after the end of the 6-week check-ins. The treatment resulted in significant improvements. Patients with OCD, treated by NOCD treatment using ERP, had OCD symptoms reduced by 43.4%. (Feusner et al., 2022. doi:10.2196/36431)
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