Group therapy is considered as effective as individual therapy for helping reduce the symptoms of OCD as well as any other co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and depression.
There are various benefits offered by group therapy for OCD such as increased cost-effectiveness, learning skills to cope with symptoms and ability to practice it in a group setting, social support and feedback from others, increased motivation to adhere to treatment goals, and a reduced sense of isolation.
The number of sessions would either be pre-determined by the therapist based on the designed module or may be indefinite in case of ongoing groups. Since the number of sessions depends on the person’s severity of condition, their adherence to treatment, and their response to the sessions, it is variable for each individual. It is recommended that group therapy treatment is supplemented by other treatment forms such as medications, individual therapy, and/or family therapy for better recovery.
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