by Dr. Pearl Hu @ Remede Therapy

More Than “Just Neat”

Most people imagine a life with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to be endless cleaning and just being neat. It turns out obsessive compulsive disorder has many forms. Unlike other psychiatric diagnoses, the name of the diagnosis, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), captures one of the core abnormal process of human mind- recurrent intrusive thoughts and repetitive unwanted compulsions. The situations and contents, where OCD would like to fixate on, can vary widely from forbidden thoughts related to sex or religion, aggressive harm to self or others, fear of contamination, or need to repetitively checking certain things.

Clinically, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) often gets missed or mistreated when clinicians do not recognize the “process,” but focus only on the symptoms or contents. It results in long course of futile psychotherapy and unnecessary suffering. Early detection and confirmation of the diagnosis will help save time and energy dealing with stubborn obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) does not resolve over time and particular treatment is needed for successful recovery. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the gold standard treatment for OCD. ERP is one type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with emphasis on behavioral changes. In addition to ERP, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has been a new wave of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which provides the same successful treatment outcomes to OCD, especially for pure obsessional OCD or OCD with mental rituals. It is very crucial to work with experienced clinicians to formulate individualized treatment plans to target OCD systematically. Frequently, a failed treatment is usually caused by improper behavioral analyses and unintentionally reinforcement of OCD.

Remede Therapy offers evidence-based CBT with all various level of care, including weekly ERP, or intensive outpatient treatment. Please reach out to Remede Therapy for more information.

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