ERP Therapy and Increased Anxiety

When my son Dan was first diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he, like so many others, did not receive proper treatment. Wrong therapy, wrong drugs. His OCD spiraled out of control and less than a year later it was so severe he could not even eat.

So when he entered a top OCD residential treatment program, my husband and I finally breathed a sigh of relief. Dan was on his way!  The therapy used in this program was exposure and response prevention (ERP), the recommended psychological treatment for OCD.


OCD Awareness – How Far Have We Come?

Though this is my first post for OCD Reflections, I have been an advocate for OCD awareness for about seven years now. Given the name of this blog, I've recently been reflecting on these past years:

Does the general public understand obsessive-compulsive disorder and its proper treatment more than it did seven years ago? Indeed, do those whose lives have been directly affected by OCD have this understanding?


Welcome to OCD Reflections

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood, as people don't readily recognize the signs of compulsive behaviors as a component of a serious and sometimes debilitating mental illness. Compulsions are used to help neutralize or counteract the the obsessive thoughts a person with OCD has.

The more we shine a light on OCD, the easier it will be for those who suffer from this disorder to get help. It is not something to be ashamed...