OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by repetitive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive, uncontrollable behaviours (compulsions). These thoughts and behaviours can interfere with daily activities such as work, school, and social interactions. OCD can cause significant distress, anxiety, and interfere with an individual’s quality of life.
Symptoms of OCD can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of OCD include:
There are several types of therapy available for OCD, and the choice of therapy depends on the individual’s symptoms and severity of the condition. Two of the most effective therapies for OCD are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). CBT aims to modify thought processes and behaviours surrounding OCD symptoms, while ERP exposes individuals to triggers or situations that provoke OCD symptoms and prohibits them from performing compulsions. Direct Therapy combines CBT and ERP for a customized and comprehensive approach to treating OCD.
Direct Therapy’s approach to OCD therapy involves various techniques that aim to reduce OCD symptoms and improve an individual’s quality of life. These techniques include: