Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatment options for OCD. This method teaches people to confront their fears. The more one tries to avoid their obsessions, the more worse they get. It teaches different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to situations. This  method allows for them to eventually get used their obsessions until they no longer face the anxiety.

I recently read an article in which researchers wanted to test a theory that an internet based OCD can be a cheapter and more effective way to treat OCD. The —article suggested that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective but access to CBT therapists are limited. They decided to develop a internet based CBT (IBCT) in which patients could log onto the website and work with written self-help material and homework assignments as a way of self-help. They would still have the ability to work with an online CBT therapist and it would increase a patient’s access to CBT.

—Participants were chosen from physicians and mental health professionals and self-referral. Information was posted on a clinic’s website. In order to be a participant in the experiment, they had to agree to a consent form which stated that they had to agree to undergo psychological treatment and they also had to have no history of CBT treatment for 2 years prior. —23 patients received 15-weeks of the IBCT program that consisted of psycho education, cognitive restructuring and exposure response prevention. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale was used to assess the patients before and after treatment
—They concluded that IBCT reduced OCD symptoms and improved the patient’s general functioning after the 15 week program.
—They believe that IBCT has potential but there has to be more controlled trials in order to validate the method.
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