The biological approach to treating OCD: neural explanations evaluation

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Strength: there is clear evidence for the effectiveness of SSRIs in reducing the severity of OCD symptoms and so improving the quality of life for OCD patients

  • Soomro et al (2009) reviewed studies comparing SSRIs to placebos in the treatment of OCD and concluded that all 17 studies showed significantly better results for the SSRIs that placebo conditions
  • Effectiveness is greatest when SSRIs are combined with a psychological treatment, usually CBT

Strength: drugs can help most patients suffering from OCD

  • Typically, symptoms decline significantly for around 70% of patients taking SSRIs
  • Of the remaining 30%, alternative drug treatments or combinations of drugs and psychological

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