Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Shown to Improve OCD

It is estimated that about one percent of the adult population is estimated to have OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder. This disorder causes people to feel anxiety through obsessive thoughts. In many cases, the person must complete an action to reduce feelings of anxiety. It’s common for someone with OCD to complete the same behavior multiple times, often in rapid succession.

Cognitive brain therapy involves helping patients by changing the way they think. Many cognitive brain therapy sessions involve no special equipment or machinery. However, this type of therapy has been shown to be extremely effective for numerous ailments.

One study set out to find the effects of cognitive brain therapy on people with OCD. This study involved 43 people who were living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and 24 people without this condition. The 24 patients without OCD would later become the control group portion of the study. Before the study officially began, those with OCD received fMRI scans.

Each person who reported having OCD received a form of CBT that dealt with exposure and response prevention. Exposure and response prevention has people confront their problems in a certain manner. These sessions would last for 90 minutes and take place for five days per week, over the course of a month. After treatment concluded, patients were given new fMRI scans. The goal of the new scans was to compare them with the scans conducted a month ago.

Medical News Today reports that, after the study ended, patients with OCD noticed an improvement in brain connectivity between eight separate brain sections including the cerebellum. Many of the networks showing improved connections are responsible for controlling impulse. Researchers feel that CBT could prove valuable for those suffering from impulses associated with OCD.

In summary, OCD is a condition that affects many people. Someone living with OCD feels anxiety that is often controlled by performing actions. These actions are performed in an obsessive manner. A new study finds that cognitive behavioral therapy may help improve the lives of those with OCD. This study finds that, after receiving weekly CBT treatment, people were able to increase connectivity for certain parts of the brain. Increasing brain connectivity can help reduce behaviors associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.