What does this mean for the future? The sessions may be conducted outside of the therapist’s office if the obsessions and compulsions are at their worst outdoors, or in a public place. When he returns, we evaluate what happened. Similarly, there are a number of excellent tools for reducing anxiety that may be used to supplement CBT and medication, including yoga, exercise and meditation. Through the habituation process, we can reduce the anxiety associated with exposure triggers without any reliance on compulsions. For example, we might design an experiment to test out the need and ability to control our thoughts. It relies on building a psychological interpretation to contrast and conflict against the OCD sufferer’s own interpretation. (2015). Even amongst medical professionals, this type of OCD is often misdiagnosed. Then, beginning with the easiest symptoms, the therapist designs “exposures,” or challenges, that put you in situations that trigger obsessions. Despite the fact that these incidents happened only in his mind and never manifested in reality, Joshua felt a growing guilt for the images and scenarios he was obsessing over. Will he do it intentionally or accidentally? Working in a coffee shop, he was the primary financial support of the family while his wife was on maternity leave. While these mental compulsions can provide some relief, it is often short-lived. Whereas, the evidence for Theory B may include thoughts like “I feel terrible about my thoughts, so I feel guilty about them and apologise for them, signalling that I do care for my wife and child and do not want any harm to come from them.” It is important to “build a case” for both Theory A and Theory B, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, we tend to find that Theory B is often the more supported one. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the “gold standard,” or the treatment of choice, for OCD. Symptoms of Pure O OCD can be hard for others to notice, meaning that it can be all the harder to find help with. This can also manifest in the physical sensations of anxiety, including occasionally panic attacks. If your cognitive behavior therapist thinks you would benefit from medication, he or she will refer you to a psychiatrist who will prescribe it. When therapeutic exposures are repeated over time, the associated anxiety decreases until it is barely noticeable or actually fades entirely. With the birth of his son, however, Joshua’s Pure O OCD came to the forefront. In fact, with medication, you don’t learn how to think differently or how to control the obsessions and compulsions. CBT treatment for Pure O OCD The treatment with the best evidence for working with Pure O OCD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT) with a focus on Exposure and Response Therapy (ERP). 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