The Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders for Children (COACH) is a clinical research program at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults.
Our clinical research program aims to improve the understanding, assessment, and treatment of young people who experience the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders and phobias
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Tourette’s Disorder and other tic disorders
- Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in childhood is characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that can cause distress or interfere with everyday life…
Anxiety disorders in children are common as 8-10% of children suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear, related to a perceived immediate threat, and/or excessive anxiety, related to the anticipation of future threats…
Tourette’s Disorder and other tic disorders
Tourette syndrome and tic disorders are neurobehavioral disorders affecting 1-3% of children and adolescents. Tics are sudden, rapid, recurring, and non-rhythmic motor movements or vocalizations that are considered simple or complex…
Anorexia nervosa is a form of self-starvation and a very serious psychiatric disorder with elevated mortality and risk of long-term medical consequences. Affected people continue to view themselves as needing to lose weight or fear gaining weight despite being very underweight…
Trichotillomania (Hair pulling)
Trichotillomania (TTM, also known as hair-pulling disorder) is characterized by the recurrent pulling out of one’s own hair. This may occur from any part of the body where hair grows and may vary over time…
Misophonia is a condition characterized by sound sensitivities to selective auditory stimuli. These stimuli elicit strong emotional and behavioral responses such as distress, anxiety, disgust, anger, irritability, and avoidance.