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Case Presentation – The Dread of Death and OCD disorders
3 December, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Presented by A/Prof Ross Menzies.
About this topic: Death anxiety is considered to be a basic fear that may underpin a range of psychiatric conditions. This case-based presentation explores the proposition that the dread of death is the central driver of most presentations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Compulsive washers often identify chronic or fatal diseases, such as HIV, as being associated with their anxiety, and with their behavioural responses to threat cues. Similarly, compulsive checkers typically report the prevention of fire, home invasion, and the subsequent death of the self and loved ones as the driving force behind their behaviours. Even the atypical compulsive cases, which may be dominated by tapping, blinking, magical numbers, and counting sequences, usually involve a stated attempt to prevent harm or death to a loved one. Research evidence implicating death anxiety in OCD will be presented, and several illustrative cases will be described. Finally, implications for treatment and future research directions are examined.
About the presenter: Ross Menzies is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health at the University of Sydney. He has founded and directed many important centres for the research and treatment of anxiety disorders. He is the past National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), and is the President and Convenor of the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) to be held in Melbourne in June, 2016. He is the current editor of Australia’s national CBT journal, Behaviour Change, and has published over 160 journal articles, books and chapters. Ross is a popular presenter who combines thought-provoking reality checks on treatment models with the humour required to pull off a Christmas talk on death.