More Cost Effective And Have Longer Lasting Effects Than Medication

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more cost-effective and have longer lasting effects than medication. I would explain that it is a form of short term treatment (typically 9 to 12 weeks), but has long term results. I would explain that patients who engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are likely to learn new skills, some of which may last a lifetime” (O 'Connor, K. P., Aardema, F., Robillard, S., Guay, S., Pélissier, M., Todorov, C., & ... Doucet, P., 2006). This would be extremely effective for Howard, because he would learn coping skills that would help him throughout his treatment process and life. Some of which According to the text, “Cognitive theorists begin explaining OCD by pointing out that everyone has repetitive, unwanted, and intrusive thoughts” (Comer, 2013,…show more content…
According to the article, “Exposure therapy involves presenting the frightening stimuli to patients in a safe environment so that they can learn a new way of responding. If the patient is afraid of a specific location, because she or he was assaulted there, for instance, slowly exposing he or she to the site while ensuring his or her safety can help his or her anxiety to diminish” (Vinci, et al. 2015). With this therapy, I would have him resist washing his hands after he has dirtied them and have him resist it for quite a while. According to the article, “Exposure and response prevention is the primary treatment for OCD. However, this behavioral treatment can be very challenging to implement because the compulsion that reduces a patient’s anxiety may be a mental act- silently repeating a number or phrase until the distress is released, for example- and thus unobservable” (O 'Connor, K. P., Aardema, F., Robillard, S., Guay, S., Pélissier, M., Todorov, C., & ... Doucet, P., 2006). I would use this therapy process slowly and continuously. According to the article, “Treatment consists of first helping the patient recognize his or her recurrent thoughts, behaviors, or mental acts, then identifying triggers for these compulsions. Next, the patient is gradually exposed to these triggers without being allowed to engage in the compulsive response that typically follows” (O 'Connor, K. P.,
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