- Based on these findings, we recommend that you only use medication if the child has very serious symptoms on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and the family can not be included in the treatment, says the researcher.

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This is what forskning.no writes in a news item on its website. 

They write further:

The largest study to date of cognitive behavioral therapy for children with OCD shows that 90 percent of children get significantly better within three years.

Medications do not work better or faster than therapy, the researchers conclude.

More specifically, they refer to a study in which the researchers followed 269 children aged 7 to 17 years for three years. All children had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The children received cognitive behavioral therapy over a period of 14 weeks. Forskning.no writes:

73 percent of the children got so much better that they no longer met the criteria for the diagnosis of OCD. Half got rid of the symptoms completely.

The study concludes as follows:

- This study shows that one should not give up if the treatment does not help immediately. Those who do not get better can get help from more therapy, says Per Hove Thomsen, professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University and chief physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at Skejby Hospital in Denmark. 

He has been involved in the new study, which is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.



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