Coping skills helpful for patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, says study

A new study has revealed that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) sufferers need to adopt adaptive coping skills.The new research led by Steffen Moritz of the University Hospital Hamburg in Germany showed that coping skills were proven to be more helpful than the maladaptive strategies often used such as repetitive, compulsive actions or creating emotional distance from a situation, in order to effectively manage their condition. OCD is a complex psychological condition, and those who suffer from it experience severe reduction in their quality of life. Participants gave information about coping strategies they adopt against their OCD symptoms such as problem-solving and rumination, as well as other coping styles that have only recently been adopted in therapy, such as acceptance and suppression. Participants with OCD were found to possess more maladaptive coping skills than all others, including those suffering from depression. They also possessed fewer functional skills to help them cope and adapt. Those who lacked adaptive coping were also likely to have a resistance to symptoms, and poor insight about their condition.The findings from the study are published in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research.