Behavioral Therapy for OCD

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

There are various therapies and treatments that have been presented by researches and studies that can aid OCD.

OCD’s proper therapy can create a big change on the patient. There is only one form of psychotherapy that has been proven to be the most effective way of treating the disorder given several testing and experimental variables. This form of psychotherapy is called Exposure and Response Prevention or ERP. Both exposure to unlikely situations or unwanted thoughts and the prevention of habits may I be physically or mentally are important to have the treatment take effect on the OCD patient. There are various issues and write ups with regard o behavior therapy but most of them are about the patients’ cleaning or checking obsessions and compulsions. Other OCD symptoms are still developed whether they can be best cured by the therapy. Almost half of the patients diagnosed with the disorder are cured or the symptoms are somehow alleviated without taking medications. Two to three out of ten patients are resistant to Behavior Therapy while the rest quitted the treatment without waiting for its results. A continuous behavior therapy can improve and better cure the condition of the patient. Six to seven out of ten patients experienced improvement on their condition in having a six month to three years therapy and the other two to three patients showed no improvement.

There are misconceptions presented with regard to behavior therapy for OCD.

These misconceptions involve the occurrence of symptom substitution and the belief that interruption of compulsions and obsessions can cause harm to the OCD patient. Misconceptions also include the belief that drug therapy  is incompatible with behavior therapy and that behavior therapy is effective to all cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients.

On the other hand, research also presents a prediction on a poor response of OCD patients to behavior therapy like severe depression, mania which hinders compliance and obedience to tasks assigned and severe family problems. There is a process in executing behavior therapy to OCD patients. The reason of why therapy is to be applied must be explained to the patient. The association of compulsion to environmental factors must be understood and explained. There must be a proper record and documentation of the activities given to the OCD patient especially the results and lastly must be a list of the thoughts that are experienced by the patient based on how they affect the patients’ life.

 Behavioral Therapy for those with OCD can help them a lot.

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