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How can exposure and response prevention (ERP) help with treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

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Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. As the name suggests, you’ll be exposed to the things that trigger your anxiety, a little at a time. You'll learn new ways to respond to them in place of your repetitive rituals. ERP is a process you may do one-on-one with your mental health professional or in group therapy, either by yourself or with your family there.

From: What Are the Treatments for OCD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts or Irresistible Actions Take Over," "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)."

OCD-UK: "Understanding what drives OCD."

Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," "Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),” "Deep brain stimulation."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts or Irresistible Actions Take Over," "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)."

OCD-UK: "Understanding what drives OCD."

Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," "Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),” "Deep brain stimulation."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

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