How Does Behavioral Therapy Work for OCD?

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental health condition that causes people to feel debilitating anxiety. The chronic anxiety leads people with OCD to develop strange habits called “compulsions” which temporarily relieve some of the panic and unease.

Some common habits that someone who has OCD might develop are excessive hand-washing, compulsive counting, or checking and re-checking that something is off, locked or closed. While none of these habits is inherently harmful, a person who has OCD will perform them to an unusual or distracting extent. While repeating these behaviors can lead the person with OCD to feel less anxious in the short-run, he or she may feel greater distress about feeling unable to stop them. A person with OCD may also feel ashamed or embarrassed by the compulsions, which can have the effect of isolating him or her from others.

While some people believe OCD has a genetic basis, others think environmental factors (including previous illness or stress) can contribute to the development of the disorder. In most cases, researchers are finding that therapy can help to alleviate some of the effects of OCD.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (“CBT”) is a form of treatment used to provide symptom relief for a variety of conditions. People with depression as well as anxiety disorders have seen great improvement in their mental well-being after undergoing behavioral therapy.

If you are interested in reading more about CBT and how it helps people with OCD, click on the link found below.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/behavior-therapy-aids-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/

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