Amelioration of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Using Paradoxical Intention
This case study demonstrates the effectiveness of paradoxical intention in a contemporary outpatient community mental health center. Paradoxical intention is applied in three, one-hour sessions to a patient diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and suffering from intrusive thoughts of blasphemy during religious practices. When combined with relaxation training, the symptoms remit by the end of the third session. The patient remains symptom-free at a six-week follow-up appointment. The author finds that the application of paradoxical intention in the clinic is consistent with the research literature.
KeywordsOCD Paradoxical intention Case study Logotherapy Blaspemy Intrusive thoughts
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