OCD Patients Helped By Online Therapy, Review Finds


Story by Janine Wolf, WUFT-FM

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the United States. Although plenty of effective treatments exist that target the disorder, access to them is limited, especially for patients living in remote regions.

A new form of treatment, videoconferencing therapy, is benefitting patients suffering from the OCD and would eliminate this problem, according to a review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Carol Mathews, University of Florida Brooke professor of psychiatry and director of Center for OCD Anxiety and Related Disorders, said the research studies came from Europe and showed “fairly clearly” that videoconferencing is effective.

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