The purpose of the review of literature presented here is to examine behavioral treatment efficacy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The reviewed studies are each discussed in terms of their general purpose, methods of data collection and analysis, and the validity of their conclusions.
Behavioral Treatment for OCD: Review of the Literature
OCD is an anxiety disorder most commonly characterized by intrusive and uncontrollable thoughts accompanied by a need to perform specific acts repeatedly (usually termed ritualistic behavior.). A number of stimuli can trigger ritualistic behavior with the severity of the urge differing from stimulus to stimulus. In many studies, treatment is said to be successful to the extent that the triggering stimuli are no longer responded to..