Researchers at the University of Bergen write about a new treatment method that makes it possible to get rid of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder in just four days.

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This emerges in a news article in the Norwegian news paper, Bergens Tidende.


Years of treatment concentrated down to four days

Researchers Gerd Kvale, Bjarne Hansen, and Audun Havnen at the University of Bergen have over time built up a competence and research environment on treatment methods for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They have recently published the results of a study on intensive care for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that lasted only four days.

The researchers write on

We recently published results from the first six group treatments. They show that treatment that usually takes several weeks, months or years can be completed in just four days. The result is also attracting international attention.

The key to treatment is that the training to overcome anxiety is done - not in an office - but close to where the patient lives his life. In addition, plenty of time is spent letting the patient be exposed to what arouses anxiety, and that you actually get to experience that the anxiety can be overcome and mastered.


- Strikingly great results

The researchers have used the method ERP (exposure with response prevention), which is a method that means that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder should seek out what arouses anxiety, but without carrying out compulsive actions or obsessive thoughts. The intention is that the patients will thus be able to find other coping methods in the face of the feeling of anxiety than to carry out compulsive actions or train of thought.

The researchers summarize the study in their research article:

A total of 35 patients participated in the treatment; of these, 23 were classified as having severe or extreme OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), while 74% of patients had previously received OCD treatment.

The results showed that 90% of the patients were very satisfied with the treatment, and 6 months after the treatment was completed, it turned out that as many as 77% of the patients could be considered healthy from the obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, the treatment had resulted in a good improvement in depressive symptoms, and a majority of the patients were back at work 12 months after the end of treatment.


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