The Effectiveness of Cognitive Analytic Therapy on Mental Health of Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Introduction: Obsessive-compulsive disorder has a chronic course that accompanied with diminished mental health because of continuation and increased clinical symptoms. This study was performed with aim to examine the effectiveness of cognitive-analytic therapy on mental health in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Method: In two-group quasi-experimental design with pre-test, post-test and follow-up, among patients who were attended to Ravan-Sabz Psychiatric Clinic, twenty patients with obsessive compulsive disorder selected by inconvenience sampling and randomly assigned to both experimental and control group. All participants initially completed the Socio-Demographic questionnaire and interviewed by Structured Clinical Interview. Then, they were evaluated by mental health questionnaires in three phases of pre-test, post-test and follow-up. Treatment group only received group cognitive-analytic therapy in 16 sessions (once weekly). Data were analyzed via mixed analysis of variance by SPSS software.
Results: After the implementation of cognitive-analytic therapy, there is statistically significant difference in promotion of mental health and related subscales between treatment group and control group in post-test and follow-up phases.
Conclusion: Group cognitive-analytic therapy is an effective therapy for mental health promotion in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder. These results have applied implications for future research lines and clinical practice in this disorder.