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Some OCD patients can stop SRI treatment after exposure/response prevention therapy


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Journal
JAMA Psychiatry
Reuters Health - 01/02/2022 - Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who achieve wellness after exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) therapy may be able to stop taking their serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and experience outcomes similar to those who remain on medication, researchers say.  "SRIs typically only lead to a partial reduction in OCD symptoms," Dr. Edna Foa of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Helen Blair Simpson of Columbia University told Reuters Health by email. "Consequently, some patients seek to augment their SRI's partial response with EX/RP therapy, which involves helping patients to systematically confront realistic OCD-related situations that are safe, yet cause high levels of distress (while) refraining from performing their compulsive rituals."


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