Cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive–compulsive disorder: A non-randomized comparison of intensive and weekly approaches

Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.
Journal of Anxiety Disorders (Impact Factor: 2.96). 10/2008; 22(7):1146-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2007.12.001
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