“I don’t believe life can be any different. I’m ready to give up I’ve been fighting this thing so long. Do you really think things can change?” These are statements that I often hear when a client first comes to talk about their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Change absolutely is possible! Cognitive behavioral therapy is an extremely effective treatment against the brain tricks of OCD. In fact it is considered the “gold standard” for treating obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as other anxiety disorders. Despite the high success rate using this therapy method, very few therapists receive training in this method.
As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I do see children, teens, and adults emerge from their urgent needs to engage in compulsions and rituals to reduce their anxieties. In actively confronting and engaging their obsessions and compulsions as much as possible during therapy and then at home, people are able to free themselves from their previous thought patterns. However, it is not stopping the rituals, but learning how to restructure their thoughts and beliefs about their obsessions that makes the difference.
If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety or (OCD), contact (407) 248-0030 for more information about cognitive behavioral treatment.