A Case Study of a Woman with Obsessions Related to COVID-19

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Hunter, Anna
Washburn University
Department of Psychology
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The following is a de-identified case study that presents the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during the COVID-19 pandemic utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) provided via telehealth. To protect the client’s anonymity, names and other identifying details have been changed. When she presented for treatment, this 32 year-old Asian female, was struggling to manage OCD contamination and harm fears related to COVID-19. She was assessed with a general history interview, the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI 7.0), the Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), and a battery of self-report assessments. Jodie’s primary diagnosis was OCD with a secondary diagnosis of Persistent Depressive Disorder. Over the course of seven months, this client attended 24 ERP treatment sessions. Psychoeducation, self-monitoring, in-vivo and imaginal exposures, response prevention, and behavioral activation strategies were utilized throughout the course of treatment. Following treatment, this client was successfully managing symptoms and her scores on the Y-BOCS had decreased significantly.
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