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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Can OCD be Cured?
Many people say that OCD is a chronic illness that can be controlled and lived with, but cannot be cured. We believe this is because most practitioners treat OCD with only exposure. We have treated many patients who did not improve with exposure but have overcome their OCD when we switched to Cognitive Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. If you suffer from OCD, we will find the therapy or the combination of therapies that works for you. By the end of treatment, most of our patients have become symptom-free.
Performing compulsions makes you feel better for a little while, but the anxiety and the urge to perform the compulsions return with a vengeance.
Characteristics of OCD
Types of OCD
Obsession – "What if I touched something contaminated?"
Obsession – "What if I have a fatal illness?"
Obsession – "What if I forgot to lock the door, and my house is burglarized?" "What if I forgot to turn off an appliance and the house burns down?"
Obsession – "What if I hurt my child?" "What if I sexually abused my grandchild?"
Hit and Run OCD
Obsession – "What if I hit a pedestrian with my car?"
Obsession – "What if I committed a sin?"
"Making Things Right" OCD
Doing things a specific number of times, for example: washing each body part five times, or doing everything on one side that you have done on the other side. Arranging things in precise order.
Treatment for OCD
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Several studies have found that a form of CBT called Cognitive Therapy is just as effective as Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD.
Another form of CBT called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy also shows promise for OCD.
We will discuss with you which form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy would be best for you, or we'll combine strategies from all forms of CBT to meet your unique needs.
We treat adults, adolescents, and children with OCD.
Call us at 908-276-3888
Cognitive Behavioral Psychologists of New Jersey