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An intensive four-day treatment plan is showing positive results for those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Two Norwegian psychologists developed the treatment system - and with much acclaim. Last month, Time Magazine named the pair as two of the year’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
So, what happens during the four-day treatment?
Well, it works in three stages.
The first day is, more or less, an education day - explaining to patients what OCD is and what they can expect over the next few days.
The second phase takes place on days 2 and 3 - a phase during which patients confront their fears through exposure therapy. So, if someone has a fear of contamination, they will be asked to touch an object they believe to be contaminated.
On the final day, they will prepare a plan on how to maintain these behavioral changes.
In a published study, the two psychologists revealed that 56 of the 77 patients remained in remission four years after treatment, and 41 of 56 patients had fully recovered.
To learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder, watch the MedCircle original series, Freedom From OCD with Dr. Jenny Yip. I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.