Family Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is Effective for Youth With OCD

newstudy-graphic-66x60.jpgA recent open trial conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida tested the effect of family-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) on children and adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The participants were 30 youth (7-19 years old), half boys and half girls, who were partial or nonresponders to two or more medication trials. Each patient received 14 sessions of intensive family-based CBT.

At post-treatment and 3-month follow-up, 80% of participants had improved. Symptom severity was reduced by 54%. Over 50% were classified as being in remission at the end of treatment, and at the 3-month follow-up. While there was no notable difference in self-reported anxiety, researchers observed significant reductions in OCD-related impairment, depressive symptoms, behavioral problems, and family accommodation.

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