Thursday, May 08, 2008

What works for childhood OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects approximately one in a hundred children. It can substantially disable children's functioning at home, at school and with peers and can increase the risk of psychological problems in adulthood including continuing OCD, clinical anxiety and depression, personality disorders and social maladjustment. A review into treatments for childhood OCD has found that cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy were the only effective treatments for the condition with CBT being more effective than pharmacotherapy.

Watson, Hunna J. and Rees, Clare S. - Meta-analysis of randomized controlled treatment trials for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry May 2008, 49(5), 489-498

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