Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has two major symptoms; obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that cause significant anxiety or distress. Compulsions, or rituals, are repetitive behaviors, thoughts, or images that one feels they must do in order to reduce the distress caused by the obsession. OCD can significantly impact your quality of life, relationships, and ability to engage in the activities.
The gold standard evidence-based treatment program for those with OCD is Exposure Response Prevention (EXRP or ERP). Collaboratively with the EXRP therapist, a fear hierarchy is created to gradually approach certain obsessions, without doing the compulsions. Ritual prevention, refraining from doing the compulsion, reduces anxiety and distress in the long run. At the end of treatment, clients will be able to tolerate uncertainty and they will have learned to manage their symptoms, thus resulting in a significant decrease in distress and an improved quality of life.
If you are unsure if you have OCD, our therapist always begins with an assessment to ensure this treatment is right for you.
Learn more about EXRP, read more here.
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