Recently The Atlantic posted an article on exposure therapy for OCD. People who have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder suffer from debilitating thoughts that affect their productivity and their involvement in their activities of daily life.
Whether these thoughts lead to obsessive cleanliness or unusual behavior in order to prevent their baseless fears from occurring, it comes at a cost to the quality of life of the OCD sufferer.
The article in The Atlantic discusses a special kind of therapy for OCD. In this treatment, the person suffering from an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is exposed to their fears, while learning how to manage their response or prevent themselves from performing unusual rituals that they’ve developed in order to manage their fear or anxiety.
Exposure therapy for OCD focuses on changing thought patterns
For some of the over three million Americans who suffer from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, exposure therapy for OCD is one of the best and most effective treatments available today. The technique is a division of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the treatment focuses on changing thought patterns, as opposed to spending hours understanding the thought process and where these thoughts stem from.
A hands-on practical approach
Exposure therapy for OCD is a hands-on style of therapy that involves less discussion and more experience. In a manageable and safe way, anxiety-provoking situations are confronted rather than avoided. The person is able to understand the fear is created by obsessive thoughts. This is a highly effective method for treating OCD.
Dr. Lish offers exposure therapy for OCD in Worcester, where she helps you to confront your obsessions or rituals instead of avoiding them, obsessing about them, or becoming withdrawn.
If you or someone you love suffers from OCD, exposure therapy with Dr. Lish can help to remove the barriers that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder puts in the way of everyday living. Often, you will be able to go beyond the limitations that OCD creates and lead a happier, more productive life.