Peace of mind in troubled times: Get free meditation, sleep and movement exercises from Headspace

These are worrisome and uncertain times. The Covid-19 / Corona virus pandemic is affecting our societies as well as it affects our mental well being. I was glad to see that the guys from Headspace currently are offering free meditation, … Continue reading Peace of mind in troubled times: Get free meditation, sleep and movement exercises from Headspace

Internet CBT for youth with OCD: Effects not only maintained in the long-term but continue to improve

In a recent study from our group, the long-term effect of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) for youth with OCD was evaluated. A group of 13 to 17 year olds received therapist-guided ICBT. Surprisingly, when followed-up 3 and 12 months after the treatment, we found that the improvements were not only maintained but that symptoms of OCD further decreased. This was unexpected, as we do not see this continued improvement in regular, face-to-face CBT for OCD. These findings are of importance for patients, clinicians and researchers, as they suggest that the true effect of ICBT unfolds gradually over time. Although … Continue reading Internet CBT for youth with OCD: Effects not only maintained in the long-term but continue to improve

Lessons learned from implementation of internet CBT in Sweden, UK and Australia

In a recent publication from our Swedish group together with colleagues from the UK and Australia, we summarize what we have learned from implementing internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) at three sites in Gothenburg, London and Brisbane. In this study … Continue reading Lessons learned from implementation of internet CBT in Sweden, UK and Australia

The Internet Intervention Patient Adherence Scale for Guided Internet-Delivered Behavioral Interventions: Development and Psychometric Evaluation

Patient adherence is defined as the degree to which a patient follows a given health care intervention or medical advice. In medicine good adherence would be e.g. if a patient takes medication or follows dietary advice according to the prescription. … Continue reading The Internet Intervention Patient Adherence Scale for Guided Internet-Delivered Behavioral Interventions: Development and Psychometric Evaluation

New technologies to deliver CBT for kids with OCD

I was gladly surprised to find the print copy of “Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD: Improving Access and Outcomes” on my desk when I came back from my late summer holiday. Me and my colleagues Kristina Aspvall, David Mataix-Cols and Eva Serlachius wrote the chapter on new technologies for the delivery of CBT for pediatric OCD, including webcamera-supported approaches, internet-delivered CBT, apps and virtual reality (VR). In its entirety, this book is a real whopper of over 700 pages, and offers plenty of valuable information of the latest innovations for better access to CBT. You can … Continue reading New technologies to deliver CBT for kids with OCD

Book release: “Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD”

Cambridge University Press just released a comprehensive book on new interventions for anxiety, OCD and PTSD, Edited by Lara J. Farrell, Griffith University, Queensland , Thomas H. Ollendick, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Peter Muris, Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are amongst the most prevalent disorders in childhood and cause major suffering and impairment if not effectively diagnosed and treated. This book highlights advances in technology and neuroscience that improve the access and outcomes for young people suffering from anxiety disorders, OCD or PTSD. In Part II – OCD, you cand read a contribution of Kristina Aspvall, David … Continue reading Book release: “Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD”

The internet intervention Patient Adherence Scale (iiPAS) – Preprint available now!

Finally, I have submitted a manuscript that I have been working on for quite a while together with my dear colleagues at CAP Research Centre and the Karolinska. We have developed and evaluated a scale to measure patient adherence in … Continue reading The internet intervention Patient Adherence Scale (iiPAS) – Preprint available now!

New research: Sudden gains in internet CBT for OCD

A new study from the Karolinska Institutet shows that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who show “sudden gains” during internet CBT treatment yield better treatment effects, comparted to those who did not have sudden gains, or where “gradual gainers”. A sudden gain is a significant, large improvement of the patients’ symptoms that happens during a short period of time. Patients that showed sudden gains had less OCD symptoms by the end of treatment and during long-term follow-up, compared to those without sudden gains. These results could help researchers and clinicians to make better prognoses of who is likely to benefit from … Continue reading New research: Sudden gains in internet CBT for OCD