Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder marked by intrusive thoughts that the individual finds distressing or “foreign,” and behaviors that are overly relied on to help relieve the distress of these intrusive thoughts.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an evidence-based treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorders across the lifespan. ERP combines using cognitive skills to “talk back” and manage OCD symptoms, along with gradually learning to confront the fears central to OCD in a supportive environment as part of exposure therapy.
Exposure treatment plays a significant role for most anxiety treatments, and is crucial in treating OCD. It involves gradually practicing and learning to face fears in a supportive environment. Anxiety is tied to avoidance, and when anxiety grows, avoidance of people, places, situations or things grows and can make doing things that we value more difficult. In addition, avoidance often increases anxiety, making the feared stimulus more and more difficult to face. Exposure therapy attempts to interrupt the cycle of avoidance and anxiety by helping individuals slowly face their fears.
Brooklyn Minds emphasizes a comprehensive approach to OCD and offers these therapies in conjunction with medication management and dTMS, which has been shown to meaningfully improve the lives of clients with OCD.