Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Related Disorders
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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are discussions in response to questions and comments we frequently hear regarding treatment for OCD. We'll be happy to speak to you in more depth regarding any questions or concerns you have. _____________________________________________________

“But I’ve already tried exposure therapy for OCD and it just made me more anxious!”

"But I’ve already tried exposure therapy for OCD and it just made me more anxious!"

Evidence has shown that when exposure and response prevention is done correctly, it has a very high success rate. Unfortunately, there are several common reasons why exposure may have suboptimal effects. These include: Response prevention strategies are not being emphasized. This occurs in cases where mental compulsions have not been

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“How long does the therapy for OCD typically last?”

"How long does the therapy for OCD typically last?"

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), like most Cognitive-behavioral treatments, is a time-limited therapy. The objectives of the treatment are to reduce your symptoms and get your life back on track, but also for you to gain the knowledge and learn the skills you need to maintain your gains without a

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“I’ve tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it didn’t work for me.”

"I've tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it didn't work for me."

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is considered the most effective treatment for OCD.  ERP is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Standard CBT consists of a number of evidence-based strategies designed to help specific types of symptoms. However, some of these strategies (e.g., relaxation or trying to rationalize/challenge

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“I’ve been in therapy for a long time and it hasn’t helped my OCD”

"I've been in therapy for a long time and it hasn't helped my OCD"

It is essential that treatment for OCD follows the evidence-based principles practiced at The Reeds Center. When psychotherapy focuses on understanding the past to explain OCD, it is unlikely that it will help reduce or manage the symptoms effectively. Additionally, when therapy becomes about reassuring and reasoning away intrusive fears

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“I have “Pure-O” (Pure Obsessional) OCD, can ERP help me?”

"I have "Pure-O" (Pure Obsessional) OCD, can ERP help me?"

“Pure-O” or “Pure Obsessional” is a term often found on the web and in parlance with some health care professionals.  Historically it was a term that emerged to describe a subset of OCD sufferers who seemed on evaluation to have obsessions (intrusive thoughts, images, and impulses causing distress) but no

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“I don’t have compulsions like hand washing or checking things, will ERP help me?”

"I don't have compulsions like hand washing or checking things, will ERP help me?"

Some sufferers of OCD have read or been told that Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) isn’t effective if you don’t have any (or very few) behavioral rituals (such as excessive hand washing, checking locks or stoves, touching/tapping/rubbing, etc.).  Some clients report having no compulsions, defining themselves as “Pure Obsessional” or

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