Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Pilot Study

Fabrizio Didonna, Mariangela Lanfredi, Erica Xodo, Clarissa Ferrari, Roberta Rossi, Laura Pedrini

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BACKGROUND: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the first-choice intervention for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); however, a notable proportion of patients either do not respond to treatment or relapse after CBT. Mindfulness-based treatment has been suggested as an alternative or complementary therapeutic strategy for OCD. However, only a few studies have focused on its application in clinical samples. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a new treatment, called "Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for OCD." It is an 11-session manualized group intervention that integrates elements of CBT, mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. METHODS: The program was delivered to 35 patients with a primary diagnosis of OCD. RESULTS: Participants demonstrated good adherence to the intervention. There was a significant reduction in mean total score on the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS-TS) (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-170
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


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