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Disorder focus of study
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to examine the Obsessive Parents really do need help. OCD is
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effects in children becoming more commonly diagnosed in
_ children. I applaud anything that is trying to
By Michelle Starr help the families
Staff writer
The UNL psychology department
hopes to change the lives of children,
adolescents and families affected by
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln psychology department,
working through the Anxiety
Disorders Clinic in Burnett Hall, is
conducting a study on children and
adolescents with OCD.
The study might help children
suffering from OCD who may experi
ence family, academic and social dif
ficulties, said Susan Swearer, direc
tor of the Youth OCD Project.
“We are interested in family fac
tors that help children with OCD get
better,” said Swearer, assistant pro
fessor in the school psychology pro
gram.
OCD can affect anyone at any
age, including children and adoles
cents. People with OCD suffer from a
pattern of unwanted recurring
thoughts or actions that they feel they
cannot control.
OCD causes its victims to per
form compulsive or ritualistic activi
ties, such as repeated hand washing,
counting or making sure locks are
locked. -
swearer is working with Debra
Hope, associate professor of psychol
ogy and director of the Anxiety
Disorders Clinic at UNL, to find how
biological and family factors influ
ence children and adolescents with
OCD.
Swearer will be using a 20-week
cognitive behavior therapy treatment
program to try to link the compulsive
thoughts and behaviors together.
Along with treatment, Swearer is
evaluating cognitive behavior treat
ment for OCD sufferers.
People with the disorder might
have problems with everyday situa
Katie Hilgenkamp
clinical director
tions causing them to feel physically
and emotionally isolated from friends
and family, Swearer said.
Students might show slowness or
perfectionism during class assign
ments or tests. They might feel
embarrassed in social situations
when they are compelled to perform
repeated actions, she said.
Children with OCD might also
feel guilty for the extent and content
of their obsessions and their effects
on the family, Swearer said.
Successful treatment of OCD
needs to target the school, family and
individuals, Swearer said.
The project begins with several
hours of initial interviews with the
parent and child. Later the partici
pants and their families will attend
treatment sessions lasting an hour
and a half each week.
Because researchers across the
world still aren’t sure what causes the
disorder, speculation of the cause of
OCD still exists.
Ihe National Mental Health
Association has seen evidence of a
possible cause through brain scans.
The brains of people with OCD have
different patterns of brain activity
than people with other mental illness
es or those without mental illness at
all.
Swearer said there is also evi
dence that OCD is a genetic disorder
because it may afflict members of the
same family.
The association said it no longer
attributes OCD to family problems or
actions learned during childhood,
such as an emphasis placed on clean
liness.
“What families do in childhood is
not related to OCD,” Swearer said.
The association said about 2.3
percent of the U.S. population - about
3.3 million people - suffer from
OCD. The disorder affects women
and men equally and usually starts in
adolescence or early childhood.
Katie Hilgenkamp, the clinical
director of the Child Guidance
Center, said UNL’s research was
important for Lincoln.
“It sounds very positive. Parents
really do need help. OCD is becom
ing more commonly diagnosed in
children. I applaud anything that is
trying to help the families,”
Hilgenkamp said.
The Child Guidance Center is an
outpatient mental health clinic for
kids and families.
The participants in the UNL study
and their families said things were
going well, Swearer said.
Swearer also said UNL’s research
is a positive step for Nebraska, which
may be lacking in OCD treatment
opportunities.
The family of one or the OCD
clients I’m currently treating had a
hard time finding people in Nebraska
who were trained to tr^at OCD,”
Swearer said.
The Youth OCD project, which
began in late August, currently has
two participants but is still open for
more subjects.
Anyone younger than 18 years old
with OCD is encouraged to call the
Youth OCD project at the Anxiety
Disorders Clinic, Swearer said.
Treatment during the study is free of
charge.
Fun run to start Homecoming
By Michelle Starr
Staff writer
Get ready to lace up the sneakers
and kick up some dust.
It’s homecoming time again, and
the festivities, co-sponsored by the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, Student
Alumni Association and Campus
Recreation Intramurals, will begin
Sunday with a 5k fun run/walk at 1
p.m. on East Campus.
The thjxd annual run is just the
beginning of the homecoming week.
“It was fun. It was all students our
age. There weren’t all those competi
tive runners there,” said Niki Burger,
one of last year’s fun run winners,
who is a senior secondary education
major.
John Grebe, the other winner of
last year’s fun run, agreed.
“I like to run when there are a lot
of people around. It’s more of a social
event. It didn’t matter who won,” said
the senior exercise science major.
Chris Linder, a graduate student in
education administration, said she is
expecting 300 to 500 participants,
depending on the weather.
“It was nice to have the course on
East Campus. It’s a pretty big campus,
and I had not seen very much of it,”
Grebe said.
The winners of the event - one
woman, one man - will be presented
with medallions Thursday night at
Tailgate on the Turf!
Burger still has her medallion, and
Grebe’s is on display in his fraternity
house, Sigma Phi Epsilon.
As^for the competition, Grebe,
who runs about 6 to 7 miles a day, will
be competing again this year.
However, Burger is visiting her fami
ly and will not be able to compete.
Area near railroad to be fenced off
An area near the intersection of 14th and Holdrege
streets will be fenced off to illegal parkers during
Saturday’s home football game. Police Capt. Joy Citta
said.
Citta said the area near the Burlington-Northern rail
road was used heavily during Nebraska’s home game
against Southern Mississippi Sept. 18, even though the
area was labeled no parking.
“It interfered with our ability to move traffic along the
street,” Citta said.
“I think some people were parking because it was only
a $5 ticket.”
A total of 120 cars were parked in the area, Citta said.
Metal stakes linked by a string of flags will block
access to the area, Citta said, who added that any cars
found parking in the area will be towed.
Car catches fire near residence hall
A car caught fire near Sandoz Residence Hall on
Wednesday causing an estimated $10,000 in damage to
the car, University Police Sergeant Mylo Bushing said.
Bushing said the fire started under the car’s hood near
the battery. University Police were notified by firefight
ers en rdute to the scene.
The car’s owner could not be found after the fire,
Bushing said, and has yet to contact police.
Compiled by senior staff writer Jake Bleed.
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