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Intensive Treatment Approaches for OCD 

Intensive Treatment Approaches for OCD
Intensive Treatment Approaches for OCD

Joshua M. Nadeau

, Bradley C. Riemann

, and Eric A. Storch

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date: 26 June 2022

This chapter provides a review of the varied levels of care for OCD, including intensive outpatient (IOP), day treatment or partial hospitalization (PHP), and residential treatment programming, and concludes with a discussion of future directions for the practice. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with significant functional impairment. Although there is a strong evidence base to support treatment for OCD in both youth and adults, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressant medications, many patients do not respond fully to first-line interventions and there are multiple barriers to treatment which limit access. Intensive treatment has the potential for addressing many such barriers (i.e., augmentation, access to care, etc.).

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