Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition characterized by intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). As a psychologist specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder, I’m here to help you understand the symptoms and explore treatment options.
How a psychologist treats Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) : This type of therapy helps people recognize and change negative patterns of thinking and behavior.
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) : This is a type of CBT where the individual is gradually exposed to the objects or situations that trigger the obsessions, and then resists performing the compulsion.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) : This approach helps people accept their unwanted thoughts and feelings instead of trying to eliminate or control them.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Recovery
- Psychopharmacology: Medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be effective in the treatment of OCD.
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy: This is a neurosurgical treatment that involves implanting a medical device into the brain to send electrical impulses to specific areas.