Psychological interventions in obsessive compulsive disorder
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Psychological interventions in obsessive compulsive disorder

Judith Gellatly Trial manager/research fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester
Christine Molloy Psychological wellbeing practitioner, Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Mental Health Service, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Ashton-under-Lyme, Greater Manchester

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health problem associated with poor quality of life, impaired functioning and increased risk of suicide. Improvement is unlikely and symptoms will remain chronic unless adequate treatment is provided. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2006a) guidelines on the management of OCD, recommend the use of psychological treatments that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Brief treatment forms of CBT are recommended initially and more intensive forms are offered when health gain is not apparent. While the presentation of OCD can be complex, nurses can assist in the recognition and treatment of OCD through additional training or current skills.

Nursing Standard. 28, 51,51-59. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.51.51.e8909

Received: 25 February 2014

Accepted: 06 June 2014

Published in print: 20 August 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review