Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Philadelphia reviewed the literature to investigate the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

They conclude that CBT has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for both children and adults. The review briefly describes the historical developments of the treatment, and breaks down recent findings 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 behavioral 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?

Citation: Huppert JD, Franklin ME. Cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: an update. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2005 Aug; 7 (4): pages 268-73. [email protected]