OCD is about much more than being a neurotic perfectionist
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a unique anxiety disorder where we essentially have an obsessive and compulsive reaction to every-day worries. Everyone has random or weird thoughts, but someone with OCD experiences intense, ruminative thoughts about why they had that weird thought and what it must mean about them.
To help manage this intense anxiety, someone with OCD will engage in a compulsion to try and decrease their obsessive thoughts. They may feel better for a moment, but the thoughts will inevitably return and they’re “forced” to engage in the compulsive behavior over and over.
Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ex/RP)
I am specially trained in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (Ex/RP), a highly effective, evidence-based treatment approach for OCD. Ex/RP is a treatment protocol that involves learning how to tolerate the anxious thoughts and resist the urge to engage in the compulsive behaviors.
It is generally a 20 week protocol that is immensely successful.