Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Combination Therapy Reduces OCD Symptoms. (Small, Randomized Trial)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Combination Therapy Reduces OCD Symptoms. (Small, Randomized Trial)

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MONTREAL -- Behavior therapy combined with effective antidepressant medication significantly benefits patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Femke de Geus reported at the 23rd Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum.

The findings are significant because psychiatrists often face stubborn roadblocks in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with medication only, said Dr. de Geus of the University Medical Center, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Seventy-nine patients with a primary diagnosis of OCD (DSM-IV) who responded to 12 weeks of treatment with either venlafaxine or paroxetine were randomized into two groups. Of the 79 patients, 40 received a combination of medication and behavioral therapy, The remaining 39 patients received medication only During the 6-month study period, 15 patients from the combination therapy group and 3 from the medication-only group dropped out.

At the end of 6 months, OCD symptoms among patients in the combination group decreased by 41%, while symptoms increased by 18% in the medication-only group, Dr. de Geus said.

The 18-week behavioral therapy component consisted primarily of exposure and response prevention. …

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