Title

Exposure and Response Prevention for the Treatment of Late-onset Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in an 82-year-old Man

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Clinical Case Studies

ISSN

1534-6501

Volume

9

Issue

6

First Page

426

441

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

This case study demonstrates an effective course of exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) in an 82-year-old man with late-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with no apparent neurobiological changes. The results indicated significant reductions in time spent on rituals, anxiety associated with obsessions, and depression. Treatment gains were maintained and continued to progress through appropriate aftercare. In this case, a graduate student therapist learned and applied EX/RP after engaging in a training process. Results highlight the importance of life stressors in the development of OCD and that EX/RP can be applied to older adults with certain modifications. The results are promising for the implementation of EX/RP in older adults with OCD; however, future randomized controlled trials are needed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Publication Information

Price, M. C., & Salsman, N. L. (2010). Exposure and response prevention for the treatment of late-onset obsessive- compulsive disorder in an 82-year-old man. Clinical Case Studies, 9(6), 426-441.