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Re: OCD exposure and response prevention

Posted by theDad on July 22, 2004, at 21:03:10

In reply to OCD exposure and response prevention, posted by Caper on July 15, 2004, at 1:58:55

> Isn't "exposure and responsive prevention" still the preferred treatment for OCD? Sort of a tough love kind of therapy?
> I ask because I had a very close friend who suffered from severe OCD. If he had a "bad thought" while driving past a certain building, he'd go back and drive past it again and again until he got past that building without the "bad thought". He'd wash his hands after "bad thoughts" too, over and over and over.
> The treatment (in addition to meds) that seemed to help him most was exposure and response prevention. Making him think the "bad thoughts" and then denying him the opportunity to do his OCD rituals. It was not a miracle cure, but it did help him get back to a much more normal life and it did a lot more than meds ever did for him.
> Just wondering if your son has tried this. Maybe some others here have more personal experience with this sort of behavioral therapy. Mine was pretty personal-- he was my best friend and practically lived with me for a while, but still it's not the same as having OCD yourself.
> Opinions, anyone?
> Best wishes,
> Caper

Wow, this makes some sense. The answer is no, back when this diagnosis was made, it was as a result of my son feeling anxcious over noticing an odd number of whatever while driving by whatever and it being a bad omen, wheras he would find conmfort in seeing an even number. Looking back, I see it as he was either sinking as a result of hearing something from his disfunctional parnets that he could not shake or actually looking forward to something and not noticeing. Am I making any sense? Anyway, I am so glad he is flying out to se me tomorow for the weekend and will review all of the help we have been sent/replied at that time. (sorry of this is too cheerful - at his choice it will be in between fishing for two days)


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