Everything You Need to Know About Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy
ERP can help stop the problematic cycles of obsessive compulsive disorder. Discover if it’s right for you or someone you love
September 24, 2021
Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious condition that can disrupt someone’s daily life. It is marked by obsessions, or unwanted intrusive thoughts, and physical or mental actions taken to relieve anxiety associated with the obsessions.
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for OCD.
Under the guidance of mental health professionals, people who receive ERP therapy can gradually reduce their anxieties and stop the problematic cycle of OCD.
So how do you know if ERP is right for you or someone you love? And how can you find a provider who is trained to provide ERP?
Keep Reading To Learn
- How exposure and response prevention therapy works
- Who benefits from ERP
- How to find a clinician trained to provide ERP
What Is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy?
ERP therapy is a behavioral therapy that gradually exposes people to situations designed to provoke a person’s obsessions in a safe environment.
A hallmark of ERP is that is doesn’t completely remove distressing situations and thoughts. Not only can distress not be eliminated from someone’s life altogether but doing so would make it impossible for patients to cope during everyday situations.
ERP provides a patient with coping skills for when a triggering situation presents itself, allowing them to then use the skills to prevent their compulsion from taking over.
When getting started with ERP, obsessions will remain a challenge in the short term, but they will no longer seem overwhelming. By further developing coping skills, ERP can free people from the cycle of obsession and compulsion.