Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( Ocd )

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention According to Pozza, Anderson, and Dèttore (2015), obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD) is a psychological condition representing repetitive behaviors, compulsions, and impulses which can lead to a lower quality of life. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a disorder that often goes undiagnosed and untreated because of its ranges of severity and lack of awareness on the end of the individual. Some of the symptoms can be written off as a normal habit, or a superstitious practice. Many people do not ever seek out psychological help for this disorder, even though it could significantly increase their quality of life. Another commonly overlooked symptom…show more content…
225). Exposure and response prevention, (ERP) is the process of causing someone to face the stimulant causing their obsessive compulsive disorder, in hopes that prolonged exposure without allowing a response will lessen the effects of the stimulus. Though ERP is widely thought to be highly effective, it does come with a 25% refusal rate, which Pozza et al. attributes to the stressful nature of the treatment (2015). This refusal rate could be brought down with an appropriate trust bond made between the patient and the therapist conducting the ERP therapy. Though Pozza et al.’s article does state that (G)CBT and ERP are both the most effective treatments for OCD, it also makes it known that there is no conclusive evidence done thus far that shows this to be a fact (Pozza et al. 2012). Although there is yet to be conclusive evidence, Pozza et al. states that there is a positive correlation for patients in CBT and the improvement of their OCD (2015). They also go on to state that GCBT seems to be a cost saving channel of treatment, as costs are high for individual psychotherapy sessions (Pozza et al. 2015). Pozza et al. endorses the use of CBT, GCBT, and exposure and response prevention therapy (2015). Similarly, McKay et al.’s article gives credit to the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and exposure and response prevention therapy (2015). The article goes on to state that ERP and CBT are the most efficient sources of treatment for OCD (McKay et
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