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.

Moritz and his colleagues compared the behaviour of 60 patients suffering from OCD with 110 people with depression and 1050 adults in a control group.

All participants completed anonymous online surveys in which their medical and psychological history was ascertained, along with their levels of compulsivity and ability to cope in specific situations.

– Business Standard

Read more: Skills for People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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