Psychological Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Autumn E. Braddock and Elizabeth L. Moore

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Psychological Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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The psychological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the great success stories within the field of mental health. Within the span of about 20 years, the prognosis for individuals with OCD changed from poor to very good as a result of the development of cognitive-behavioral techniques. This chapter describes the procedures of exposure, response prevention, and cognitive therapy; their hypothesized mechanisms of action; and the results from treatment outcome research attesting to their efficacy and effectiveness. The chapter also addresses the efficacy of combining exposure therapy techniques with medications in the treatment of OCD.

Keywords: cognitive behavioral therapy; exposure therapy; obsessive-compulsive disorder; psychological treatment

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Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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