Cognitive therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Patricia van Oppen, Arnoud Arntz

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This paper discusses three cognitive models for the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Further, a cognitive formulation of OCD which stresses the importance of the perception of danger and responsibility is described. Several specific cognitive interventions, which address the estimation of catastrophes and the perception of personal responsibility, are presented and illustrated with patient material. Furthermore, problems with cognitive therapy with OCD patients are described and some solutions for these pitfalls are discussed. Finally, the findings of controlled studies into cognitive therapy with OCD are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalBehaviour research and therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994

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