Behavioural therapy can teach us how to decrease our compulsive behaviours through exposure to our fears. Being able to recognise that our anxiety will decrease and that the outcome of being exposed to something we fear will not be a disaster can help us to recover from OCD.
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) we learn how our thoughts, feelings and actions are connected and how to deal with upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and feelings. The second part of this therapy involves training our minds to resist the OCD. Things like ‘bossing back’ and self rewards can help us to respond in more positive ways to our fears.
This takes time and needs an experienced therapist to help us retrain the way we react to things that make us worry. Support from family is a big help to us along the way to feeling more in control of our lives.
STOP Therapy Program at Swinburne University