This week, Alex meets with Lisa, a CBT therapist at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit. The ADRU specialises in severe cases of anxiety conditions such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The patients at the ADRU undergo an intensive 12 to 16-week residential programme with the goal of helping them understand their condition and develop better-coping strategies to help manage their condition in their day-to-day lives. Alex and Lisa discuss how the ADRU works, what a patient there is likely to expect, the value of cognitive behaviour therapy as well as compassion-focused therapy, the role of trauma in these conditions, and how these conditions can be viewed holistically.
Interviewed by Dr Alex Curmi
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Meet the host:
Dr Alexander Curmi
Aside from general adult psychiatry, Alex has special interests in psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation and medical education.View profile
Dr Anya Borissova
Anya is an academic clinical fellow training in psychiatry at SlaM. Anya is passionate about making it easier for everyone to access the latest in psychiatric research.View profile
Meet the panel
Dr Rebecca Wilkinson
Rebecca is a core trainee psychiatrist in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust.View profile