Dealing With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Using Behavior Therapy

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Obsessive compulsive disorder can be very hard to deal with, not just for the person who suffers it, but also for the people who surround him or her. A person who is afflicted with obsessive compulsive disorder might find it difficult to seek help because he is ashamed to admit that his problem is closely psychological. It is also difficult for those around him to deal with his or her problem because they do not fully understand its nature and the kind of help that it needs or even what is available.

Most people often dismiss obsessive compulsive disorder as simply a bad habit. Others even think it is silly. It’s foolish nature cannot be discounted, though, for who would think that a person who has to count one to five eight times before entering a wooden building for luck is normal?

Given the times we have today, anybody who exhibits deviant behavior is already considered abnormal. Perhaps this is why those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder do not seek or are afraid to seek help. OCD is often relegated to silliness to merit serious concern.

However, there is reason for us to be concerned about it. First, the fact that it is called a ‘disorder’ means it is something that warrants careful attention. Second, people whose OCD were left untreated often became more depressed, what with their relationships tainted. Third, the rituals or compulsions that are associated with OCD sometimes become so uncontrollable that the person inflicts injury upon himself.

There are basically two ways we can deal with obsessive compulsive disorder. First is via medication. The other is via what is called cognitive behavior therapy, which is what will be discussed here.

Behavior modification is the goal of cognitive behavior therapy. What the treatment does is help people who suffer from OCD gain enough mental and emotional strength to say no to their obsessions and compulsions. Behavior therapy takes a while and may be a challenge to a person’s patience and endurance. However, its effects stay for the long term (as opposed to simply taking drugs to treat it).

OCD patients may also have to make frequent visits to their doctor, who then examine their progress and see what other behavioral techniques will suit their particular case. There is no single behavior modification method. Each therapy program is tailored to the OCD sufferer’s specific need and response capabilities.

Critics have downplayed the effectiveness of drugs to help OCD sufferers cope with their problem. This is why behavior therapy is preferred. Sure, it takes time, but it’s a sure ball. Unless, of course, the patient does not cooperate and refuses to be treated.

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