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Psychopathology – OCD

5. Psychological Therapy

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In this module, we discuss cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) as the most effective psychological treatment for OCD. We think about how CBT differs from other forms of talking therapy and explore how it can help those suffering from OCD by enabling them to identify and challenge their intrusive thoughts. We consider how exposure (e.g. preventing an individual with an obsessive fear of being burgled from checking their locks) is an important tool for treating those suffering from OCD, whilst noting that this may not be an appropriate form of treatment in every case.


In this course, Dr Emma Sharpe (University of Derby) discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental health condition characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. In module one, we think about how OCD can be defined and diagnosed before moving on, in module two, to explore the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of the condition. Next, we examine the biological causes of OCD in module three, focussing in particular on genetic and neural explanations. We then move on to think about how OCD can be treated, exploring drug treatments in module four and psychological treatments in module five. Module six concludes the course with a summary of key points covered.


Emma Sharpe graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Loughborough University in 2011. Following this, she went on to complete both an MRes in 2012 and PhD in 2015. She joined the University of Derby as a lecturer in October 2015, having previously worked as a University Teacher at Loughborough University.

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