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Experts talk about how to get the best OCD treatment

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Patrick Carey
By Patrick Carey

When you’re dealing with something difficult or painful– OCD is both– it’s natural to seek the best solutions. That’s why we’re sharing a few of our favorite articles on this topic, written by OCD experts and published on some of the more informative websites on mental health. Let’s get started.

“Getting The Right Treatment For An Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” by Fred Penzel, PhD

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“You have the right to assertively question their ability to help you”

In this concise post, Dr. Fred Penzel lays out ten important questions to ask a new behavioral therapist or psychiatrist before starting treatment. We like Dr. Penzel‘s list not only because he has serious credentials– he has specialized in OCD since 1982 and wrote a few formative books on OCD and related disorders– but also because it provides a means to cut through the awkwardness of an initial consultation while helping you understand if the clinician is a good fit. Whether you’re meeting a new practitioner soon or hoping to check in about your progress with someone you’ve seen for a while, bring Dr. Penzel’s list along.

Read this article from BeyondOCD

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“O.C.D., My Exhausting Best Friend” by Wajahat Ali

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“The goal of the treatment is to make the thoughts irrelevant… it’s not to make the thoughts go away”

Even though Wajahat Ali isn’t an OCD expert in the traditional sense, the playwright and lawyer has struggled with the disorder for years. Ali writes eloquently about OCD’s effects and his journey to embrace what he calls “God’s sick joke” while learning about exposure and response prevention (ERP). Equally helpful are the comments from Dr. Steven Phillipson, an OCD expert Ali spoke with. As Ali writes, “Dr. Phillipson said people should first choose to forgive themselves for having O.C.D…. he advised against using negative imagery and instead welcoming our ‘best friend’s warning’ but then choosing to ignore it.'” Dr. Phillipson’s advice is a great reminder that getting treatment for OCD doesn’t mean we need to hate this part of ourselves.

Read more from Ali and the experts on The New York Times

“Pure O: An Exploration into a Lesser-known Form of OCD” by Jordan Levy, PhD, and Jan Weiner, PhD

“It is the very act of trying not to have a bothersome thought that guarantees its resurfacing”

Lots of people ask us about Pure-O, which is a subtype of OCD that involves obsessions but not visible compulsions. Other compulsions, like mentally replaying events and reassuring oneself, are still performed in response to unwanted thoughts just like those in any other subtype. In this helpful and thorough outline of Pure-O symptoms and treatment options, Drs. Levy and Weiner illuminate a subtype that many deal with but few understand.

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Taylor Newendorp

Taylor Newendorp

Licensed Therapist, MA

I started as a therapist over 14 years ago, working in different mental health environments. Many people with OCD that weren't being treated for it crossed my path and weren't getting better. I decided that I wanted to help people with OCD, so I became an OCD therapist, and eventually, a clinical supervisor. I treated people using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and saw people get better day in and day out. I continue to use ERP because nothing is more effective in treating OCD.

Madina Alam

Madina Alam

Licensed Therapist, LCMHC

When I started treating OCD, I quickly realized how much this type of work means to me because I had to learn how to be okay with discomfort and uncertainty myself. I’ve been practicing as a licensed therapist since 2016. My graduate work is in mental health counseling, and I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy because it’s the gold standard of OCD treatment.

Andrew Moeller

Andrew Moeller

Licensed Therapy, LMHC

I've been a licensed counselor since 2013, having run my private practice with a steady influx of OCD cases for several years. Out of all the approaches to OCD treatment that I've used, I find Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy to be the most effective. ERP goes beyond other methods and tackles the problem head-on. By using ERP in our sessions, you can look forward to better days ahead.

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