- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders
- Short Contents
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Phenomenology and Epidemiology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Phenomenology and Epidemiology of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Phenomenology and Characteristics of Compulsive Hoarding
- Phenomenology and Epidemiology of Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania
- Genetic Understanding of OCD and Spectrum Disorders
- Neuroanatomy of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
- Information Processing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Problems
- The Role of Family and Social Relationships in OCD and Spectrum Conditions
- Personality Features of OCD and Spectrum Conditions
- Psychological Models of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders: <i>From Psychoanalytic to Behavioral Conceptualizations</i>
- Cognitive Approaches to Understanding Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
- Assessing OCD Symptoms and Severity
- Assessing Comorbidity, Insight, Family and Functioning in OCD
- Pharmacological Treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Other Biological Approaches to OCD
- Exposure-Based Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Cognitive Treatment for OCD
- Combining Pharmacotherapy and Psychological Treatments for OCD
- Additive and Alternative Approaches to Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding
- Treatment of Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania
- OCD and Spectrum Conditions in Older Adults
- Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents
- Cultural Issues in Understanding and Treating Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders
- Future Research on Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Conditions
Abstract and Keywords
While cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy are “gold standard” treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), complementary and alternative treatments are frequently sought for anxiety disorders. The purpose of this chapter is to review and discuss the available research on the application, efficacy and effectiveness of complementary and alternative methods for treating OCD. The first section identifies and reviews studies focusing on specific alternative and complementary treatments that are independent from, or work in conjunction with CBT, such as yoga, herbal remedies, motivational strategies, and bibliotherapy. The second section discusses alternative and complementary methods of more mainstream CBT and related techniques, with a particular focus on technology-supported approaches. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the methodological issues in the existing research on complementary and alternative methods in the treatment of OCD, questions for future research, and implications for providers.
Jordana Muroff, School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Abigail Ross, School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Joseph Rothfarb, School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, MA.
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