From symptomology to resilience: Case illustrations of recovery from OCD using CBT

Soni, Shikha and Deb, Amrita (2021) From symptomology to resilience: Case illustrations of recovery from OCD using CBT. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1091-1359

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Over the years, many researchers have studied outcomes of mental illness through deficit-based approaches such as vulnerability, suffering, and symptoms among individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Such an approach, though useful in the clinical area has failed to adequately explore positive adaptation among such individuals. The present study is a strength-based approach that aims to address this gap in literature by investigating how individuals despite the diagnosis of OCD, can display resilience and positive outcomes by leading a productive life. Resilience was explored by analyzing life experiences of two OCD patients who received Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) sessions. Resilience, challenges, and protective factors were examined using a semi-structured interview and Connor-Davidson’s Resilience Scale-10 after CBT sessions. Both participants displayed resilience through unique coping mechanisms derived from internal and external protective factors that helped them to overcome the symptoms of OCD and other challenges faced in day-to-day living. Resilience was exhibited through adaptation and improved life outcomes. Case study approaches may be useful in understanding unique resilience mechanisms in a variety of contexts, which are otherwise difficult to identify through large-scale surveys. Further, a discussion on future implications provides crucial insights for mental health professionals. © 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Deb, Amrita
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: case study approach; cognitive behavioral therapy; obsessive-compulsive disorder; Positive mental health; resilience
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2022 09:23
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