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Understanding Therapeutic Considerations While Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Case Study PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:17

Divya Baveja (Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical psychology, Amity University, Lucknow. India)
Nikhil Goel (Post Graduate Trainee, Department of FMT, IGIMS, Patna, India)

DIP: 18.01.080/20170404


Obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges are part of the normal feedback and control loop between our thoughts and our actions. It is only when these obsessive thoughts become so intense and frequent and these compulsive rituals become so extensive that they interfere with an individual’s functioning that the diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is made. The mainstays of treatment of OCD includes Serotoninergic antidepressant medications, particular forms of Behavior Therapy (Exposure and Response Prevention and some forms of CBT), education and family interventions. Because they are aware of how irrational their behavior is, many sufferers are ashamed of their actions and go to great lengths to hide their symptoms. It is extremely important that as a therapist, one is able to build a safe and accepting therapeutic environment and also structures therapy based on the unique presentation of illness where sometimes symptoms themselves may cause non compliance to therapy process. The author presents and discusses a case where Cognitive Behavior Therapy was used.

Keywords: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychological Management

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Received: July 18, 2017; Revision Received: August 20, 2017; Accepted: August 30, 2017

How to cite this article:

Baveja D, & Goel N (2017). Understanding Therapeutic Considerations While Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Case Study. International Journal of Indian Psychology, Vol. 4, (4), DIP:18.01.080/20170404, DOI:10.25215/0404.080


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