Advantages of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Treating OCD

Treating mental health disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, often require unique strategies to care. For many patients, medications are effective at minimizing thoughts and abnormal behaviors but often additional treatment is needed. If you have OCD, and if you find that medications are not completely beneficial at alleviating your symptoms, then you may want to consider how Cognitive-Behavioral therapy can be beneficial to your treatment needs.

Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, CBT, has long been used to treat a variety of health disorders that manifest as abnormal behaviors. For patients with OCD, the compulsion to do activities repeatedly often comes from an obsession with a thought or an item and then, without thinking, the overwhelming need to engage in a compulsive behavior ensues. To break the habit of responding to these thoughts, CBT works to identify the thought and then respond more minimally than the last time. It is with this type of therapy that exposure to the thought, item or event is necessary.

In using CBT to treat Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, most mental health professionals report as high as a 75 percent success rate with therapy. In addition, using CBT to treat this mental health condition will not only diminish symptoms of OCD but will also improve the self esteem of the patient, improve your energy and time, improve your social and academic function, and, over time, decrease your medication usage and decrease your fears.

As a patient suffering from OCD, if you find that cognitive-behavioral therapy is not working effectively for you, it may be prudent to either change therapists, or consider an alternative form of treatment. In speaking with a psychiatrist, you can often determine what other alternative treatments, including hypnosis and acupuncture, may be equally as effective.

In the 21st century, treatments for mental health disorders can be quite varied and include alternative forms of care, including hypnosis and even acupuncture. For most patients with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, the simple use of quality cognitive-behavior therapy, CBT, can lead to overwhelming improvement in symptoms and often negate the need for other alternative therapies.

Sources: Overcoming Compulsive Checking, by Paul Munford, Ph.D.

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