People living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experience persistent, worrisome thoughts (called obsessions), and usually engage in repetitive behaviors (called compulsions) as a means of reducing their obsessions. For example, a person who is worried about being contaminated by dirt and germs may wash their hands repeatedly in order to prevent illness. This becomes a problem when it interferes with their daily life: they may be so worried about germs that they cannot focus on other things, they may wash their hands until they are irritated and raw, or they may avoid activities which could cause them to get dirty. Although this is a common example, people living with OCD have a very wide range of obsessions and compulsions, which may have nothing to do with germs and hand washing.
Treatment for OCD at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin
We use Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), a psychological treatment for OCD which has been demonstrated in scientific studies to help many people overcome their OCD. ERP involves helping a person to engage in activities which are feared (such as touching dirty surfaces) without engaging in their compulsive responses (like hand washing). This is achieved after an in-depth evaluation and only once a person is comfortable working with their therapist. As a unique approach, at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin we combine ERP with Acceptance- Based Behavior Therapy, which involves learning to manage and accept unwanted thoughts and feelings. In other words, a person may always experience some obsessive worry, but they can learn to live with this worry, and accept that it is just a thought.
Schedule a Consultation for OCD Treatment
Call or email us to set up a brief phone consultation with one of our Anxiety Specialists. We can answer questions, provide more information, and see if you’re a good candidate for OCD Hoarding treatment. Please let us know when would be a good time to speak with you. We are located in central Austin, and have availability during daytime hours, evenings, and weekends.
Wondering if you might have OCD? Take a OCD screening test.