A new treatment method for sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been developed by Canadian researchers at Concordia University.
The study, published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, shows that therapy which focuses on reversing feelings of self-responsibility and guilt can help OCD sufferers.
A previous method, exposure and response prevention [ERP}, say the researchers, is an attempt to modify behavior.
"By facing their worst fears repeatedly until their anxiety declines, patients learn to diffuse their hypervigilant checking responses — in theory." In practice, however, this type of treatment often results in patients quickly discontinuing the therapy.
However, ERP therapy is often ineffective. Conversely, the new method "takes the patient from exercises in normalizing inflated responsibility, through restoring confidence in memory, all the way to reducing self-doubt and guilt, hopefully leaving patients with new insights into how they perceive themselves, and the world around them."
by RTT Staff Writer
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