Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Combination Therapy For Obsessions More Effective Than Drugs Alone

Date:
February 19, 2003
Source:
Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research
Summary:
People with obsessions and compulsions experience considerable benefit from a combined treatment of drugs and behavioural therapy. Treatment with drugs alone is less effective. This is revealed in doctoral research by psychologist Nienke Tenney from Utrecht University.

People with obsessions and compulsions experience considerable benefit from a combined treatment of drugs and behavioural therapy. Treatment with drugs alone is less effective. This is revealed in doctoral research by psychologist Nienke Tenney from Utrecht University.

About half of the patients with an obsessive-compulsive disorder do not benefit from treatment. Some refuse treatment or stop the treatment before it has been completed. Moreover, many patients who do respond to treatment continue to experience a considerable number of residual symptoms.

Tenney discovered that when patients who respond to medicinal treatment (venlafaxine or paroxetine) also undergo behavioural therapy, the combined treatment is more effective than the medicinal treatment alone. Furthermore, the outcome was the same irrespective of whether the therapy was started after 3 months or 9 months of medicinal treatment.

People with obsessions and compulsions often experience limitations in their social functioning and a reduced quality of life. The psychologist's research revealed that such limitations were mostly due to personality and symptoms of depression and that the seriousness of the obsessive-compulsive disorder played a much smaller role.

About half of the patients with an obsessive-compulsive disorder also have a personality disorder. Tenney investigated the extent to which a personality disorder influences the treatment of the obsessive-compulsive disorder, but discovered that personality disorders did not affect the effectiveness of the treatment. However, certain personality disorders were related to limitations in the social functioning.

###

The research was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research. "Combination Therapy For Obsessions More Effective Than Drugs Alone." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 February 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/02/030219080221.htm>.
Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research. (2003, February 19). Combination Therapy For Obsessions More Effective Than Drugs Alone. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/02/030219080221.htm
Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research. "Combination Therapy For Obsessions More Effective Than Drugs Alone." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/02/030219080221.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

Share This



More Mind & Brain News

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?

Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?

AP (Apr. 16, 2014) Pushing the limits on style and self-expression is a rite of passage for teens and even younger kids. How far should schools go with their dress codes? The courts have sided with schools in an era when school safety is paramount. (April 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Could Even Casual Marijuana Use Alter Your Brain?

Could Even Casual Marijuana Use Alter Your Brain?

Newsy (Apr. 16, 2014) A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern and Harvard suggests even casual marijuana use can alter your brain. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Couples Who Sleep Less Than An Inch Apart Might Be Happiest

Couples Who Sleep Less Than An Inch Apart Might Be Happiest

Newsy (Apr. 16, 2014) A new study by British researchers suggests couples' sleeping positions might reflect their happiness. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Cognitive Function: Is It All Downhill From Age 24?

Cognitive Function: Is It All Downhill From Age 24?

Newsy (Apr. 15, 2014) A new study out of Canada says cognitive motor performance begins deteriorating around age 24. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins