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A 33-year-old member asked:

How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)?

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Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Alone, not very: But when used with other techniques such as prolonged exposure, deep muscle relaxation, cognitive rehearsal, thought stopping, can be very helpful in relieving some of the symptoms that bother folks with OCD. Should not be used simply alone. Consult a provider with experience in the evidence based treatment of anxiety disorders such as OCD.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

I need advice with obsessive compulsive disorder / ocd?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
ERP! Talk Back 2OCD!: Ocd can rob ur life of fun/joy ; it can really take a toll on relationships. The more u listen 2ocd ; believe what it tells u, the more powerful it becomes. Have u had exposure ; response prevention (erp) therapy? This is the "gold standard" treatment ...Can teach u how 2 say shut up 2ocd. Get people close 2u involved in ur treatment. Learn more via int'l ocd foundat'n www.Ocfoundation.Org.

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