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The treatment of obsessional neurosis in a family setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6945105     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The limitation of a patient-centered approach to the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders are underlined by the failure of modern behaviour therapy techniques to help usefully more than 50 per cent of patients. The concept of family homeostasis is discussed in relation to two cases of obsessive-compulsive neurosis which failed to respond to patient-centred treatment over several years. The successful treatment of these cases in a family context is described. It is suggested that the comparative success of behaviour therapy in treating obsessive-compulsive disorders, which were previously regarded as generally intractable, has encouraged the premature use of patient-orientated behavioural techniques in cases where family therapy may be more appropriate. Although there is evidence that helping the families of obsessive-compulsive patients to verbalise feelings facilitates symptomatic improvement, the precise mechanisms whereby improvement occurs require further elucidation.
R J Hafner; P Gilchrist; J Bowling; R Kalucy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1981 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-11-18     Completed Date:  1981-11-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Behavior Therapy
Family Therapy*
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis,  therapy*

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