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    Exposure and Response Prevention therapy

    Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is proven to be the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders, including OCD. 

    Common symptoms of anxiety are: 

    According to the International OCD Foundation: 

    “The Exposure in ERP refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects and situations that make you anxious and/or start your obsessions. While the Response Prevention part of ERP, refers to making a choice not to do a compulsive behavior once the anxiety or obsessions have been triggered.” All of this is done under the guidance of a therapist at the beginning — though you will eventually learn to do your own ERP exercises to help manage your symptoms.”

    ERP is effective for all anxiety disorders, as it teaches you to embrace, rather than suppress the feelings of anxiety, thereby giving you more power over these symptoms. ERP can work for all ages and providers long-term coping strategies.