OCD Therapy for Adults
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, unwanted, and recurrent thoughts, images, or impulses that cause significant anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to their obsessions. These compulsions are aimed at reducing the anxiety caused by the obsessions, but they often provide only temporary relief and can interfere with daily life. OCD can manifest in many different ways, such as excessive cleaning, checking, counting, or arranging objects in a specific way. The exact cause of OCD is not known, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that is widely used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ERP therapy involves gradually exposing the patient to the source of their obsessions, while teaching them to resist the urge to engage in compulsive behaviors. This type of therapy is effective in reducing OCD symptoms and is considered the gold standard for treating OCD. ERP therapy can be used in combination with other treatments such as medication, and has been shown to be effective in reducing OCD symptoms in both adults and children. If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, ERP therapy may be an effective treatment option to consider.
Dr. Dana Webber at Etheridge Psychology offers ERP for OCD, and she is in-network with some health insurance plans. If you are looking for help for OCD, reach out today to schedule an appointment.