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OCD & Anxiety: Five Common Roadblocks to Successful Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard for the treatment of OCD and related anxiety based conditions. But some simple mistakes can interfere with treatment. Kimberley Quinlan, MA, of the OCD Center of Los Angeles discusses five common roadblocks to effective treatment for OCD and anxiety.
Avoid these five common roadblocks when undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for OCD and anxiety.
Research has consistently found that the most effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and most other anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The cognitive component of CBT involves investigating and challenging the individual’s irrational thoughts related to their fears. These thoughts are described as “cognitive distortions”, and the process of challenging them is known as “cognitive restructuring”. This process takes place during therapy sessions, and is also practiced by the client between sessions throughout the course of treatment.