Internet-based CBT for Body Dysmorphic Disorder!

We recently published the worlds first trial of Internet-based CBT for body dysmorphic disorder. A vast majority (82%) of the patients were responders and the treatment was deemed highly acceptable. Results were sustained at the 3-month follow-up.

As the results from the pilot trial were really promising we are moving on to conduct a RCT.

Read the article by clicking the link below (it’s open access):

Enander, J., Ivanov Z. V., Andersson, E., Mataix-Cols, D., Rück C. Therapist-guided, Internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD-NET): a feasibility study. BMJ Open 2014

New publication: Internetbased CBT for teenagers with OCD

First author Fabian Lenhard
First author Fabian Lenhard.

A study published in PloS ONE tested a new ICBT platform. Twenty-one adolescents (12–17 years) with OCD and their parents were enrolled in the study. All participants received 12 weeks of ICBT with therapist support. Treatment yielded significant improvements with a large effect size of d = 2.29 (95% CI 1.5–3.07) on the CY-BOCS. Patients continued to improve at follow-up. This is a study out of Eva Serlachius’ research group at Karolinska Institutet. Click reference for full text.

Lenhard F, Vigerland S, Andersson E, Rück C, Mataix-Cols D, et al. (2014) Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Open Trial. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100773. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100773


New study out: mediators of change in CBT for health anxiety

A new study is out with lead author Erik Hedman. If you wonder why we call him “pekmaskinen” (Swedish for “the manuscript machine”, check Pubmed.

The study is the first to investigate mechanisms of improvement in Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for severe health anxiety. We assessed mediators as well as outcome on a weekly basis throughout treatment among participants receiving Internet-based CBT in a randomized controlled trial. The results showed that reduced perceived risk of disease, less attention to bodily symptoms, and reduced intolerance of uncertainty significantly mediated improvement in health anxiety.The findings have theoretical and clinical implications as they indicate processes that may be causally related to the improvements observed after CBT for health anxiety.

Click the link for the full text:

Hedman E, Andersson E, Andersson G, Lindefors N, Lekander M, Rück C, Ljótsson B. (2013) Mediators in Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Severe Health Anxiety. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77752. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077752

Erik "Pekmaskinen" Hedman, PhD.
Erik “Pekmaskinen” Hedman, PhD.