Summary of the Study
This past year, I studied the treatment progress of some of Renewed Freedom Center’s (RFC) patients for my dissertation project. Specifically, I examined how effective the treatment provided at RFC was for adults diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The specific cognitive-behavioral treatment studied involved Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) as well as an integration of mindfulness training strategies, such as “mindful eating”, “mindful walking”, and a “Shoulds and Buts” technique. The results of my study showed a significant decrease in patients’ OCD symptomatology after receiving the treatment. The CBT treatment provided to the patients demonstrated significant effects on both the frequency of OCD symptoms, as well as on the individual’s level of distress related to their symptoms.
Each of the participants included in the study attended at least 9 sessions of treatment, although their follow up data was collected at varying lengths of time ranging from 9 to 56 weeks. In order to control for the effects of time, an additional analysis was conducted. Results indicated that the varying number of treatment sessions was unrelated to the significant decrease in OCD symptomology after receiving the treatment.
What does this mean for RFC Clients?
Put simply, the study conducted showed that the treatment provided by RFC was effective, but what does that actually mean? For one, the results indicate that the treatment strategies used at RFC are based in research, and not just a theoretical “best guess” as to what may help individuals with OCD. These research results are essentially “quality control” for patients – there is objective data that shows significant improvement in OCD symptoms after receiving RFC’s treatment methods.
Additionally, the study involved participants who received between 9 and 56 weeks of treatment, yet the varying number of sessions was unrelated to the symptom improvement shown by participants. This suggests that patients receiving these types of treatment techniques may experience significant relief from OCD symptoms in as few as 9 sessions. Remember, this does not mean one can be “cured” of OCD symptoms in 9 sessions; however, it does denote that individuals with OCD can experience meaningful symptom relief and better quality of life in a relatively short time. This type of rapid symptom improvement is crucial because the quality of life and daily functioning of OCD sufferers and their families are often significantly and negatively affected. The research results provide hope and reassurance to individuals with OCD that they are taking effective and proactive steps in their personal wellness by participating in these specific CBT methods.
Summary of the Study