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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 61 (2019) 12, 884 - 890

Klinische Praktijk

Intensive, short-term treatment for adolescents with persevering obsessive-compulsive disorder: three case-reports

S.M. Eenink, M. Kampman, L. Hendriks, G.J. Hendriks

Approximately 40% of adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) do not improve sufficiently from standard cognitive behavioral therapy, and are at risk for a chronic course of the symptomatology as well as stagnation in their development. There has hardly been any research into next step evidence-based treatments for adolescents with persevering ocd. We treated three adolescents with persevering ocd with an eight-day intensive, therapist-assisted exposure and response prevention (erp) in which family members were involved. Two out of the three patients showed an improvement in ocd-symptoms and for one of these two patients the symptoms went in full remission. These outcomes are promising, and these case studies prove that short erp therapy, which is more intensive and provides assisted erp, can be a possible second step in the treatment.

keywords adolescents, intensive treatment, obsessive-compulsive disorder