Cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: An update

Jonathan D. Huppert*, Martin E. Franklin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for children and adults. In the current review, we briefly describe the historical developments of the treatment, and recent findings related to five areas of inquiry: 1) Does intensity of CBT impact outcome? 2) Does CBT work better on some subtypes of OCD than others? 3) How do cognitive and behavior strategies relate to outcome? 4) How well does CBT work for children and adolescents with OCD? and 5) Does the combination of CBT and medication work better than CBT alone? After a discussion of these questions, we mention some areas currently being examined.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


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