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Therapy, medication combination superior for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder

ing to pay only for treatment with medication and other forms of talk therapy that are ineffective despite OCD treatment guidelines that state medication plus CBT should be a first course of treatment.

"People in the community often just get a prescription because it's the easiest and cheapest course of action; yet it's not the optimal treatment for the patient," said Henrietta Leonard, M.D., a member of the study team, professor of psychiatry at Brown University and director of training for child and adolescent psychiatry at the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center. "This study argues against medication alone as initial treatment for OCD in kids."


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Contact: Tracey Koepke
Koepk002@mc.duke.edu
919-660-1301
Duke University Medical Center
26-Oct-2004


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