Treating OCD

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Treating OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is a disorder causing unwanted, intrusive obsessions accompanied by anxiety. An individual will perform compulsions to provide temporary relief from the anxiety caused by the obsessions. There is a great deal of research on the causes of OCD, however treatment focuses only on learning to manage the symptoms. Effective treatment for OCD is through Exposure Response Prevention therapy and/or medication prescribed and monitored by a doctor.

Obsessions can be all-consuming for individuals which may lead them to believe there could be a latent cause for why an obsession has occurred. This is simply untrue and any attempt at validating such a theory can create exacerbated symptoms and an increase in anxiety and depression. Trauma-based therapy or talk therapy can lead the person to believe there is some unknown truth to an obsession which creates more distress and may lead to worsening symptoms. The cause of OCD in an individual is a completely separate issue than the cause of an obsession. These lines may get blurred and can cause great distress for the individual.

There is no rhyme or reason why an individual develops a particular obsession. The cause of a particular obsession is because the individual was pre-disposed to developing OCD and that particular obsession happened to be the obsession that hooked. Any type of speculation into why an obsession developed can be damaging in working toward recovery and can set an individual back in treatment.
Effective treatment for OCD treats the behavioral response to the intrusive obsession. Effective treatment does not explore the insight into why a particular obsession develops. Effective treatment does not engage in why a person has OCD. Effective treatment aims to train an individual to have control over their reactions to intrusive and unwanted thoughts. Individuals may believe if they can pinpoint the ‘cause’ of OCD or their particular obsession, the symptoms will be reduced or relieved, but this is false. Effective treatment for OCD focuses only on how to treat the OCD, not the origins or reasons why an individual has OCD.

While there is a great deal of research pointing to causes of OCD in individuals, it is important to stay focused on finding the right therapist for OCD, resources for support, and getting effective treatment to manage OCD. If you are looking for an OCD specialist and/or resources in your area, please contact Chrissie Hodges at Chrissie can help get you on the right path to living in recovery from OCD.

OCD Specialists Near Me

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OCD Specialists Near Me

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is a disorder comprised of unwanted, intrusive thoughts accompanied by anxiety, and mental or physical compulsions performed by the individual in attempt to temporarily alleviate the anxiety. OCD can effectively be treated by therapy and/or medication. Medication can be prescribed and monitored to help manage the anxiety, symptoms, and depression from OCD by a doctor. Effective therapy to help individuals manage OCD is called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). This is evidence-based therapy that teaches individuals to manage their response to unwanted, intrusive obsessions. It is imperative to work with a trained therapist in ERP, but finding one near you can sometimes be difficult.

There may be many therapists in your area who claim to treat individuals with OCD, however if they are not averse in treating OCD clients with ERP, they are not effectively treating the disorder. For more information on why therapists may claim to treat OCD when they don’t, please read ‘Therapists Who Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’. Receiving OCD counseling from a therapist not using ERP can be detrimental to recovery and may make symptoms worse. Please do not waste time or money on therapists claiming to treat OCD who do not use the evidence-based practice of ERP.

Finding an OCD Specialist near you may be difficult, however there are many specialists who use HIPAA compliant tele-therapy systems that benefit those who need access to OCD treatment around the world. Many OCD Specialists are licensed in several states to serve the needs of those who may not have OCD specific therapy available in their states. Also, many OCD specialists will provide OCD tele-therapy across state and country lines.

Cost of therapy can be a burden to individuals as many OCD specialists do not accept insurance. To combat this, therapists may have associates in their practice who can offer services at a lesser cost and/or a therapist may offer a sliding scale of costs to individuals who cannot afford a full rate. If cost is a barrier to receiving treatment, please inquire to the therapist if there are any options for a rate that can fit your budget. It also may be beneficial to inquire about a single-case agreement from your insurance company for OCD treatment.

To find an OCD specialist near you, it is important to do research on the therapist and know what to ask to find out if they are effective in treating OCD. Therapists that specialize in treating OCD will have extensive experience in working with individuals in treatment for OCD. You can ask for testimonials, success stories, or be in contact with individuals who have been successfully treated for OCD by the therapist (mindful of HIPAA compliance regulations). A therapist who effectively treats OCD will use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Exposure Response Prevention Therapy. If they are not using ERP to treat OCD, they are not using evidence-based practices and will not be able to help you with the most effective OCD treatment plan. Also, you can ask if the therapist has been trained through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). This is an intensive 3-day training on best treatment practices for OCD. However, just because a therapist has been trained through BTTI does not mean they are effective at treating OCD. A therapist MUST use ERP to treat OCD.

There may not be an OCD specialist near you, but that does not mean you won’t be able to receive effective treatment for OCD. Tele-therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy for OCD and there are therapists willing to treat OCD in any region of the world through this means of therapy. If you are looking for an OCD specialist near you or for tele-therapy, please contact Chrissie Hodges at and she can help get you on the right path for recovery for OCD.

OCD Self Help

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Self-Help for OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder where individuals experience unwanted, intrusive obsessions accompanied by anxiety. In response to the anxiety, individuals perform compulsions in order to obtain temporary relief. OCD is a chronic, debilitating disorder that requires therapeutic help and/or medication to treat. There is not a cure for OCD, however symptoms can be managed and it is possible to live a successful and productive life with OCD.

Medication, prescribed and monitored by a doctor is an effective way to manage symptoms. Exposure Response Prevention therapy (ERP) is the gold-standard and best therapeutic treatment for OCD. There are many therapists who are trained in using ERP that can help teach individuals how to manage OCD and live successful lives. It is imperative to find a therapist who specializes in treating OCD. If a therapist is not using ERP therapy, they are not effective in helping treat the symptoms of OCD.
Self help for OCD is not recommended before receiving treatment from a trained professional. While there are many resources to learn about ERP therapy, it is imperative to work with a trained therapist to learn and understand how OCD affects the mind and how ERP can help you manage OCD. Trying to learn ERP therapy on one’s own may increase anxiety and could potentially worsen symptoms.

Once an individual has received ERP therapy, it is possible to apply the techniques to symptoms on one’s own with future obsessions and compulsions. ERP therapy teaches OCD sufferers techniques they can apply to symptoms and practice with future symptoms to help alleviate anxiety and the need to perform compulsions. However, individuals may need to seek help from a trained therapist depending on the severity of the symptoms. Self help for OCD is not recommended if an individual is experiencing overwhelming anxiety and depression, or suicidal thoughts or ideation.

There are many tools and support networks available for individuals who are seeking avenues for self help for OCD after treatment. Therapy apps and programs have been created by sufferers to help others who live with OCD or are looking for supplemental help during or after treatment. Peer support specialists can help individuals through therapy and after to use their lived experience to support individuals working toward recovery. Support groups and online support groups can also be helpful for individuals to help them feel less alone and help with the stigma that accompanies recovering from a mental illness.

It is possible to provide self help for OCD after an individual has received effective treatment for OCD through ERP therapy. The tools and techniques one learns in therapy can be applied to other obsessions and compulsions that may arise from OCD within their lifetime. However, if anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation becomes overwhelming, it is recommended that individuals seek help immediately and receive ERP treatment to learn to combat the debilitating symptoms of OCD.

If you are looking for therapists and resources in your area to help treat OCD, please contact Chrissie Hodges at . Chrissie can help you find the right path to recovery by finding effective treatment and resources for OCD.