Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is an effective way to
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). With ERP, you repeatedly expose yourself to an obsession,
such as something you fear is contaminated. Then you deny yourself the ritual
compulsive act. In this case, the act would be washing your hands.
ERP helps break the link between your obsessive thoughts and
compulsive rituals. You repeat this process every day for several weeks or
months. You keep doing it until your anxiety is reduced and you do not feel the need to
perform the compulsive behaviour in response to the obsessive thought.
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health