Selfhelp Books And Computer Programmes

There are many self-help books for OCD, such as Living with Fear (Marks, 1978) and The OCD Workbook (Hyman & Pedrick, 1999). An international group has developed and tested a computer-administrated system, called BT STEPS, for assessing and treating OCD via the telephone and computer. An initial trial (Bachofen et al., 1999), of the computer programme treatment found an average 33 % improvement on Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), with significant change in YBOCS only in those who completed at least two exposure and response-prevention sessions. A recent trial of 218 patients compared the computer-guided behaviour treatment to clinician-guided behaviour treatment and relaxation (Griest et al., 2002). The relaxation was ineffective, whereas both the behaviour therapy conditions were effective, with a significantly greater improvement in the clinician-guided group. Patients in the computer-guided treatment group improved more the longer they spent telephoning the computer and doing self-exposure. Benefits of this computer treatment include saving the time of the therapist for clients who do not benefit from self-administered treatments, enabling users from all locations to access as much therapy time as they want, and at the time they want it.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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