Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a disorder in which obsessive thoughts and compulsions can cause significant emotional pain and impairment in a person’s ability to function. Obsessions come in the form of thoughts, images or impulses. They are unwanted and distressing. They are often accompanied by uncomfortable feelings of fear, anxiety, doubt and worry. Anxiety is the driving force behind OCD. Most people recognize that their obsessions don’t make sense, nevertheless they engage in compulsive behaviours to feel less anxious. Compulsions are the behaviours people may perform to neutralize their obsessions and accompanying feelings. Like obsessions, compulsions can take up a considerable amount of time and get in the way of life. Although compulsions seem to be helpful in the short term the obsessions typically return as strong as ever reinforcing the cycle. Using Exposure Response Prevention the individual can work together with their therapist at a comfortable pace to confront their thoughts and situations that are the focus of their obsessions that trigger discomfort. They refrain from doing the compulsions at their own pace and ultimately break the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder cycle by refraining from the compulsions and begin to tolerate uncertainty.
Treatment may involve Exposure Response Prevention, medication as well as cognitive therapy techniques. Using Exposure Response Prevention clients learn to tolerate their anxiety without performing rituals. The range of OCD fears and rituals is limitless. With exposure to the feared concept, clients habituate to the anxiety producing situations and find that their anxiety levels diminish. Studies demonstrate that clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder who finish their Exposure Response Prevention treatment show considerable progress and can sustain their gains long term.Back
Memberships & Accreditations
Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
Certificate of completion of the Behaviour Therapy Training Institute for OCD 2017 offered by the International OCD Foundation Training Institute