By demonstrating to the client that obsessional concerns emerge from a distorted obsessional narrative, I-CBT seeks to provide actual resolution to obsessional doubts. The client is made aware of the fact that obsessional doubts do not manifest like regular doubts or genuine uncertainty. Obsessional doubts usually arise without any foundation in objective reality, in contrast to normal doubts and genuine hesitation, which arise for valid reasons. Source: Frederick Aardema (2023). What is I-CBT? Retrieved from icbt.online.
I-CBT enables OCD sufferers to investigate alternate narratives that are closer to reality and the senses. The patient is urged to rely on both their inner and outward senses while making decisions throughout the course of treatment. There is nothing to learn other than to reclaim and rediscover their genuine and real selves because they already do this in the majority of non-obsessional situations. Source: Frederick Aardema (2023). What is I-CBT? Retrieved from icbt.online.
The theoretical assertions of I-CBT are supported by a sizable body of scientific research. Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated its efficacy for the majority of OCD patients. It is also a viable alternative therapeutic option for OCD patients who are resistant to treatment or who have not responded well to previous therapies. Source: Frederick Aardema (2023). What is I-CBT? Retrieved from icbt.online.
How does I-CBT compare to other treatments?
I-CBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that is distinct from traditional CBT.
The foundation of conventional CBT is the notion that intrusive thoughts and doubts are common. According to this theory, depending on how a person perceives these ideas, they can turn into obsessions. For instance, if someone has suicidal ideas, they may become obsessed if they are given too much weight or are interpreted negatively. Therefore, the main goal of normal CBT is to teach the client how to stop misinterpreting these thoughts so that they no longer produce discomfort or compulsions.
I-CBT follows a distinct methodology. Even though everyone experiences intrusive thoughts on times, when someone has OCD, something completely different is going on. In actuality, I-CBT holds that there is no such thing as a "intrusion," or ideas that appear at random and have no apparent cause, at least not in the case of OCD. Instead, I-CBT sees obsessions as conclusions or skepticism that result from earlier reasoning.