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Date:9/20/2011

e-hour visits over the same period.

But there was no appreciable difference between the shortened version of CBT plus medication or medication alone, the researchers said.

The only group that saw appreciable benefits were those getting full-length CBT as well as antidepressants.

The findings pose a conundrum for the researchers -- and patients: The full therapy works, but there's not enough of it to go around.

Hopefully, the data will be further impetus to increase the availability of treatment, the authors stated.

"We know this treatment . . . is helpful for most who receive it, whether they get it as an initial treatment or as augmentation to meds, but it's frustrating to be providing families and other treatment providers with encouraging recommendations only to find that these recommendations are not feasible to follow in many communities," Franklin said.

"It's a huge public policy problem, access to good cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD," added Newman.

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The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has more on OCD in kids.

SOURCES: Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D., associate professor, clinical psychology in psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia; Lawrence Newman, Ph.D., psychologist, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Sept. 21, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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