Case Examples of Enhancing Pediatric OCD Treatment with a Smartphone Application

Stephen P.H. Whiteside, Chelsea M. Ale, Kristin Vickers Douglas, Michael S. Tiede, Julie E. Dammann

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These case examples depict the use of a smartphone application, Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach, to enhance the treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The presented cases highlight the use of Anxiety Coach as a stand-alone intervention for mild OCD symptoms and as an adjunct to treatment for severe OCD complicated by geographical barriers. Each case includes a description of treatment, patient use of the application, objective assessment of clinical symptoms, and a qualitative interview with the families. Both patients responded well to treatment and had a positive experience with Anxiety Coach. The application encouraged the families to complete exposures between sessions and allowed a detailed examination of the patients' engagement in homework assignments. Potential uses of smartphone applications to address challenges facing treatment of, and research on, OCD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-94
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Case Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • child and adolescent
  • exposure/response prevention
  • information and communication technology
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • smartphone applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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