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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

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The OCD team at Kvíðameðferðarstöðin

At Kvíðameðferðarstöðin (KMS), a team of psychologists operates who have been trained in cognitive behavioural therapy/exposure therapy (exposure and response prevention) for obsessive compulsive disorders. They perform both individual therapy and periodical therapy (the Bergenska 4 day treatment).

The Bergenska four day treatment

At KMS, the four day Bergenska treatment is offered, which is a four day periodical treatment. This is a new therapy approach based on intensively experienced and proven methods of cognitive behavioural therapy/exposure therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder. In this therapy, participants will learn the techniques and methods to deal with the problem as well as receiving good support while practising exposure exercises. In each treatment group, there are six people with OCD who are assisted by six specially trained psychologists. It is, therefore, really individual therapy that takes place in a group environment. Participants receive a follow up by telephone interviews and a follow up interview for a year after therapy.

Health care clinics: When people seek help from professionals, the first point of contact is usually the health care clinic. The first step is to make an appointment with a doctor who can refer you to the appropriate person if the problem cannot be resolved. heilsugaeslan.is

Mental health ward emergency reception: If the situation is acute or severe, do not hesitate to reach out to the mental health ward emergency reception at Landspítali, where people with urgent mental health issues can go without having an appointment. The psychiatric ward emergency reception is located on the 1st floor of the psychiatric building at Hringbraut. The emergency reception is open from 12:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 13:00 to 17:00 at weekends and the telephone number is 543 4050. In case of an emergency outside these hours, you can reach out to the emergency department at Landspítali Fossvogur. https://www.landspitali.is/default.aspx?pageid=bad59938-e65f-11e7-a10b-005056be0005#panel-1fa820b3-e660-11e7-a10b-005056be0005-2

Psychologists' private offices: On the psychologist's website, you can search for psychologists who attend to a variety of problems, such as depression. http://sal.is/almenningur/gagnagrunnur-salfraedinga/

Psychiatrists' private offices: A number of psychiatrists conduct medical and conversational therapy for depression in their private clinics.

A more detailed list of resources in Iceland can be found here.

Text written by: Ólafía Sigurjónsdóttir, PhD psychologist, team manager of the obsessive compulsive disorder team of Kvíðameðferðarstöðin.