What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
A person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often engages in repetitious or extensive washing, cleaning, checking or seeking reassurance, putting things in order, counting, repeating phrases, etc. in an effort to reduce or avoid feelings of anxiety or extreme tension.
These behaviors are usually in response to troublesome or nonsensical intrusive thoughts associated with fears of contamination, or fear that something bad might happen if one did not perform the ritual, or worrying that one might do something harmful to others. We commonly treat OCD with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). During this exposure therapy, we will create completely safe situations in which the patient has to confront the fear and learn how to successfully manage the anxiety that arises from it.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
Our therapists are trained in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, that is specific to the treatment of anxiety disorders and has been proven to be very successful. What does Exposure Response Prevention entail?
Therapy typically consists of:
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