The Evidence Base For Cognitive Therapy Ct And The Comparison Of Behaviour Therapy And Cognitive Therapy

James & Blackburn (1995) examined the evidence base for the use of CT in OCD. They found few controlled studies and that multiple forms of treatment were often used. They concluded that there was little evidence of improved outcome when CT was added to medication and behavioural techniques.

A systematic review by Abramowitz (1997) found no significant difference between behaviour therapy and cognitive therapy. In a further RCT Cottraux (2001) found a similar response rate following behavioural and cognitive therapy. Obsessive cognitions changed with BT and CT. Few studies have tried to investigate whether cognitive therapy and ERP share a psychological mechanism or achieve the same results through different mechanisms. Van Oppen et al. (1995) showed that there was no difference on the Irrational Beliefs Inventory or YBOCS obsessions or compulsions subscales between the groups treated with cognitive therapy or ERP. However they used cognitive therapy that included behavioural experiments and the reality is that treatments will rarely be purely behavioural or cognitive. Freeston etal. (1997) showed that cognitive-behavioural treatment was effective for patients with only obsessive thoughts who completed treatment. However there was a significant drop-out rate.

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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