BRIEF COMMUNICATION: Mood Changes and Flooding Outcome in Obsessive-Compulsive Patients: Report of a 2-Year Follow-Up

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Twenty-five chronic obsessive-compulsive patients treated with flooding were investigated retrospectively after 2 years by an independent assessor for the presence of depressive mood fluctuations during their life histories using a five-point rating scale. Patients themselves also completed rating scales for obsessional phenomena during the pre-, posttreatment, and follow-up assessment.

Fifteen patients were characterized as not having exhibited mood changes and 10 as having such changes. Patients without changes responded promptly to flooding treatment and showed further improvement during follow-up. Patients with mood changes, although responding well to initially delivered flooding sessions, showed significant relapse at followup.

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