Professional Help for People With OCD
Treatment for OCD and Related Disorders
The level of intensity in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can vary depending upon the person's ability to perform exposure and response prevention (ERP)* and cognitive therapy homework. For milder levels of OCD, treatment may include weekly office visits and ERP homework and some out‑of‑the‑office therapist-assisted ERP. For most moderate to severe OCD levels, the range of obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment often begins with two or three weekly visits and outside the office exercises.
Moderate to severe OCD patients may be referred to our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. Every patient is different, and as OCD treatment progresses, additional information gathered from OCD treatment informs the next phase. We will recommend inpatient or residential OCD treatment for some patients as a result of our initial evaluation.
Exposure and Response
Prevention Therapy (ERPT or ERP)
“Empirically proven treatment of anxiety disorders, including OCD, where the individual is exposed to the anxiety-producing stimulus and asked to resist compulsive or safety behaviors. Exposure exercises help desensitize people to triggers, including intrusive thoughts, as the participant learns that thoughts are just thoughts. Clients are encouraged to practice exposure every day during treatment and to continue to practice after treatment to help inoculate against relapse.”
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