Advances in the last 4 decades have enormously improved the lives of persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition once thought to be both rare and untreatable. We now know that OCD is both common and treatable. Most individuals with OCD experience symptom relief after receiving evidence-based psychological and/or pharmacological treatments that were initially developed throughout the 1970s and 1990s (namely, cognitive-behavior therapy [CBT] and serotonin reuptake inhibitors). However, challenges remain.
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Mataix-Cols D, Fernández de la Cruz L, Rück C. When Improving Symptoms Is Not Enough—Is It Time for Next-Generation Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 11, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2335
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