The ABC Partial Hospitalization Program for the Enhancement of Achievement, Behavior, and Cognition at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA is a short-term integrated program dedicated to assisting children aged 6-12 and their families to promote positive emotional and behavioral health. Our program is based upon the most current evidence-based research.
The ABC Program specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of psychological and developmental conditions and behaviors, including:
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders, including OCD
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental delays
- Difficulties with impulse control and emotional regulation
The ABC Program is a year-round program with a high staff to child ratio. Our program begins at 7:30am and ends at 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. All aspects of the program are coordinated to create an individualized, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and therapeutic environment. Our multi-disciplinary treatment team includes: psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and hospital assistants.
The ABC Program will provide your child with:
- A behavior program designed to address your child's specific needs
- Academic instruction
- Occupational and recreational therapy groups
- Therapeutic groups, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group, Social Skills Group, and Mindfulness Group
- Medication evaluation and intervention
Based on an assessment of your child’s needs, additional services may include:
- Speech and language consultation
- Psychological testing consultation
- Educational consultation
The ABC Program will provide your family with:
- Opportunities to observe your child in the program
- Regular meetings with your treatment team
- Parent training and parent support group
- Assistance with transition back into the school and community
- Family therapy
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For people who can manage their anxiety disorders on a weekly, outpatient basis, UCLA Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Clinic provides both Behavior Therapy and Medication Management. It treats all anxiety disorders, including OCD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The clinic also offers an extensive evaluation and treatment program. If you are uncertain about which course of action may be most appropriate for you, please call 310-825-9989 and assistance will be provided.
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Fortunately, treatment is available and can often result in significant improvements in BDD symptoms.
What is effective?
Studies have shown that treatment with medications and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy can result in significant improvement in symptoms and functioning.
Frequently asked questions about medication treatment for BDD
The following information is provided as a guideline and should not be used in substitution for a consultation with a psychiatrist. People with BDD may have a variety of additional problems and may experience varying responses to treatments, so a comprehensive assessment by a psychiatrist and an individualized treatment plan (ideally in conjunction with a psychotherapist) are highly recommended. Stay tuned for future FAQs about psychotherapy treatment for BDD.
How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?
Here are questions that might help you decide if you are experiencing symptoms of BDD: