Assoziationsspaltung: Eine neue Intervention zur Behandlung von Zwangsgedanken

Translated title of the contribution: Association splitting : a new treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Lena Jelinek*, Birgit Hottenrott, Steffen Moritz

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One of the key features of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the reoccurrence of upsetting, intrusive thoughts. Despite considerable progress in both the psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment of OCD, only approximately half of the patients benefit substantially from treatment when drop-outs are considered. To meet the need for additional treatment, our group developed a new cognitive technique aimed at reducing intrusive thoughts (association splitting). This technique is based on the so-called "fan effect" of associative priming and supports the formation of new, and the strengthening of existing, neutral associations. The result of pilot studies confirm the effectiveness of this approach.

Translated title of the contributionAssociation splitting : a new treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)86-89
Number of pages4
JournalNotfall und Hausarztmedizin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Intervention
  • Obsessions
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Semantic networks


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