Can OCD Really Be Treated In 2 Weeks?

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A group of kids with OCD completed therapy in just 2 weeks - could this possibly be effective? I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

Most OCD and anxiety patients see a therapist once a week for an hour over the course of a few months. This is the norm - so most of us don’t think anything of it. But is there a better way to administer therapy?

Well, shorter and more intense sessions have proven to work unexpectedly well for people with OCD and anxiety disorders, according to the New York Times. New research shows that this more intensive approach to treatment is just as effective, if not MORE effective, than treatment that is continued over the course of a few months.

One reason could be that it’s just more convenient for people to take a week or two off school or work to finish the therapy, instead of having to fit it into their weekly schedule over a longer period of time. Findings from one study indicated that only 2.3 percent of patients who did the intensive therapy dropped out during treatment, compared to nearly 7 percent who dropped out of traditionally-scheduled therapy sessions.

With this new approach, there’s also no downtime in between sessions for the patient to “unlearn” anything from each session. Additionally, if someone lives in an area without high-quality healthcare, they can travel to one of these spots for just a couple weeks and get better treatment than they could have in their hometown.

Some of you might be thinking, “there’s no way two weeks therapy could lead to long-term recovery. WELL, one study involving 77 people with severe OCD showed that almost 70% of them had recovered four years after their intensive treatment.

What do you think? Will this replace the traditional therapy timeline?

For more information on anxiety, become a subscriber at MedCircle.com and watch our original series “Freedom From OCD” with leading expert, Dr. Jenny Yip. I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember, whatever you’re going through, you’ve got this.

Source: The New York Times


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