Cognitive Checking Intervention for Maladaptive Beliefs About Memory

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    University of Manitoba
Updated on 22 July 2021
behavior therapy
psychiatric disorder


A small (N = 24) pilot study developed a new and brief cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) module for checking symptoms (CBT-C) in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). CBT-C targets maladaptive beliefs about memory and results show that it is effective at significantly decreasing checking symptoms as compared to a waitlist control. The objectives of the current investigation are to further investigate CBT-C by (1) replicating the pilot results in a larger sample; (2) using an active control condition (treatment as usual) as the comparison condition (3) including a 6-month follow-up, and (4) determining whether the association between maladaptive beliefs about memory at pre-treatment assessment are related to degree of checking symptom reduction following CBT-C. The findings of the study will have theoretical significance in adding to our understanding of the maladaptive belief domains relevant to the development and maintenance of OCD and supporting the cognitive model of compulsive checking. The relevant clinical significance is the further development of an intervention that could improve outcomes in treatment of persons with OCD. The key practical outcome of the research would be to add a stepped care offering to patients with OCD.

Condition Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ANXIETY NEUROSIS, Anxiety Disorders (Pediatric), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD - Pediatric), Anxiety Disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder
Treatment Treatment As Usual, CBT for Maladaptive Beliefs about Memory
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03241056
SponsorUniversity of Manitoba
Last Modified on22 July 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Adult over the age of 18
Diagnosis of OCD with clinically significant levels of compulsive checking (i.e., able to meet the diagnostic criteria for OCD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition based solely on checking symptoms. Other OCD symptoms may be present and checking does not need to be the primary symptom.)

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Active psychosis
Active Mania
Presence of a substance use disorder that would interfere with participation in the treatment
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