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Int J Group Psychother. 1994 Jan;44(1):35-51.

Behavioral group therapy with obsessive-compulsives: an overview.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego.


During the last two decades, effective psychotherapeutic interventions have been developed and proven successful in treating patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Behavior therapy, using exposure to anxiety-evoking stimuli and response prevention directed toward rituals, provides lasting benefit for most patients who engage in and comply with treatment. A recent study indicated that, for certain OCD patients, these interventions could be applied successfully in a group therapy context. This article describes the general procedures used in this study to treat obsessive-compulsives with exposure and response prevention in a group context.

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