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While medication is helpful for managing symptoms, therapy is often an essential component for recovery from OCD. The following are proven methods to manage OCD so it does not control a person’s life:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is rooted in the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interrelated. In other words, our thoughts can influence behaviors, our behaviors can influence emotions, emotions can influence thoughts, and so on. There are two main components of CBT: cognitive change methods (exploring how thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions) and behavior change methods (looking at how our behaviors in situations can trigger or perpetuate symptoms).

CBT provides patients with the awareness and skills to identify and modify dysfunctional thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are causing them pain or interfering with their quality of life. Once unhelpful or distressing thoughts and behaviors are identified, patients can begin to make changes to their previous assumptions, thinking styles and behavioral responses.

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure & Response Prevention is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention designed to help people safely confront their fears and interrupt patterns of avoidance and anxiety. Patients are supported by trained therapists throughout the exposures. Exposure work has been found to reduce emotional distress and improve overall functioning.

OCD Treatment Options with Pathlight

Treatments for OCD vary, but patients seeking help through Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (Pathlight) can find hope in recovery in our Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs.

The OCD track is focused on supporting patients in managing triggers and experiencing success. It utilizes a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) — an evidence-based treatment for OCD and other anxiety disorders. The specialty track includes OCD individual and group therapy, family therapy for ongoing support and education, and psychiatric assessments to modify OCD treatment plans.

With guidance from Pathlight's highly experienced therapists, patients learn and practice CBT skills, making gradual, systematic and sustained progress towards recovery from mood and anxiety concerns.

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