I think the conversation helped her. For her, this may have made all the difference, ” says psychology professor Bjarne Hansen.
He leads the OCD-team (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) at Haukeland universitetssjukehus, and has just completed a half-hour phone conversation with a 17 year old girl.
She needed help to cope with obsessions about cleanliness. Like many others with obsessive-compulsive disorder, she has it difficult at the koronakrisen.
– We notice that it escalates, for example, for people who have received treatment before. They relapse because this is a ekstremsituasjon. And with the help of relatively few grip we can freshen up again what they already clearly have, ” says Hansen.
a Lot of inquiries
his Team has had great success with a firedagersmetode against obsessive-compulsive disorder.
During the koronakrisen we are reminded about washing hands and sprite surfaces, and keep distance to each other, to protect us against koronaviruset.
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This is for many a causal factor to the obsession, and many asking for help. Pasientorganisasjonen Ananke will normally get four to six requests a week.
Now, they have the same number in one day.
Therefore certain OCD team up to offer half-hour conversations on the phone.
Revolution in the field of mental health
Firedagersmetoden was launched in 2014, and got the year after the award “Årets innovation” in Norwegian psychology.
Since it has the method received much praise and be called a small revolution in the field of mental health.
And now trying the team to compress the four days, to be able to help people in crisis.
Not all firedagersbehandlingen can be taken on a half hour, but psychologists hope it can help.
We do this because we have great faith in it, but at the same time, it is pioneering work, so we can not anticipate and say that this half hour is enough for all, ” says Hansen.
TRIGGER obsessive-compulsive disorder: For people who exercise to wash themselves less often due to obsessive-compulsive disorder, offers koronakrisen great challenges.
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Pasientorganisasjonen Ananke marks the greatest demand from people who have recently received treatment for obsessions.
What they have learned in treatment, is difficult to implement now.
They have been tasked to not wash out so much, to expose himself. But now they are constantly reminded to wash and sprite, so when they get not completed these tasks, ” says the deputy head of the Ananke, Sidsel Myhr.
And it is not just those with vasketrang who are struggling, also to those who have obsessions in other areas have challenges now.
But the offer to OCD-the team has given great help, according to Myhr.
– We have received so many good feedback on this offer. It is touching to hear how grateful people are.