OCD and Psychotherapy (4)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (‘rituals’), or have certain thoughts repeatedly. People are unable to control either the thoughts or the activities for any longer periods of time. Suppressing the behavior or thoughts often causes intense feelings of anxiety, tension, nervousness and fear. OCD is quite common, and it is mostly treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

Keywords: OCD, psychotherapy

 

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PTSD and Psychotherapy (1)

The majority of patients treated with psychotherapy for PTSD in randomized trials recover or improve. However, several of them continue to have residual symptoms or may even get worse over time. Commonly used therapeutic approaches, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), may only provide ‘short fixes’ that ignore the underlying problems. To deal with the trauma permanently requires integrating the memory of it internally. This usually means making sense of it in a helpful and constructive way.

 

Keywords: PTSD, trauma, psychotherapy, treatment

 

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PTSD and Psychotherapy (1) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf