Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for OCD

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based and empirically supported intervention for OCD. It is now also widely known to be a primary treatment for OCD and the most effacious form of treatment for OCD (NICE Clinical Guidance 31, 2006). It is unfortunately not very widely practiced in South Africa and in Cape Town specifically. 

Approximately 70% of people who undergo CBT for OCD and who are compliant report improvement in symptoms. More than 50% report moderate to significant improvement in symptoms and 'daily life functioning'. 

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) serves as one of the most researched and effective components of the CBT model of OCD treatment. Although there are many components and methods, ERP serves currently, to still provide the most robust and long term results. 

For information on treatment you are welcome to contact David, visit the kNOw OCD blog or visit my website on cognitive behaviour therapy and treatment

More information on other Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders and their treatment can be found on the OCSD South Africa Page.  

© David Rosenstein 2011