Stay in groups to benefit OCD

Group-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) appears to be as effective at treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents as one-on-one therapy, even in complex and severe cases, says a study of 43 patients aged 7–17 years. 

Therapists at Queensland’s Griffith University provided CBT in groups of 4–7 people over 13 sessions. Two ‘booster sessions’ were also offered. Sixty-one per cent of the participants had at least a 30% drop in their self-reported symptoms, and 46% became diagnosis free.

Patients with pervasive development disorder, tics and depression benefited from the treatment too, although those with multiple comorbidities did not do as well six months on.

The findings were presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s 31st Annual Conference on 26 March