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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety most commonly characterized by a subject’s obsessive, distressing, intrusive thoughts and related compulsions (tasks or “rituals”) which attempt to neutralize the obsessions. People with OCD recognize that their thoughts are irrational, but can’t stop them. Fortunately, very effective treatments for OCD are now available to help you regain a more satisfying life.
The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation recommends finding a psychotherapist who is oriented toward behavioral or cognitive behavioral therapy. Ideally – one experienced in the practice of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). OCD is not a simple condition and an effective treatment to OCD for even a mild case requires multiple visits with a specially trained therapist.
OCD treatment has two main components: psychotherapy and medications. spiral2grow of New York City provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that has been shown to be the most effective form of therapy for OCD. Cognitive behavior counseling involves retraining your thought patterns and routines so that compulsive behaviors are no longer necessary.
Behavior Therapy for OCD – Exposure and Response Prevention
If you have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, you will be pleased to learn of dramatic advances in the treatment of this condition. Recently, behavior therapy (BT) has been shown to be highly effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Research has shown that exposure and response prevention are effective behavior counseling strategy for treating OCD. The treatment allows you to overcome the urges to act compulsively and will provide you with new tools to cope with worrisome, obsessive thoughts. Here is an example of exposure therapy, people who obsess irrationally about contamination from dirt may be instructed to hold something dirty in their hands and then not wash for at least three hours.
With response prevention, you can learn to prevent your habitual compulsive responses and to replace them with new, more constructive behaviors. It helps you control your anxious responses and to increase your ability to resist the bothersome symptoms of OCD.