A discussion of Harm OCD and its treatment using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Part four of a series.
In our three previous articles in this series, we discussed the primary symptoms of Harm OCD, along with how one can use mindfulness and cognitive therapy to address unwanted harming thoughts. In this installment, we focus on directly challenging the behaviors associated with Harm OCD by using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
What is Exposure and Response Prevention
The primary behavioral therapy tool used when dealing with Harm OCD is called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). While cognitive therapy challenges the content of our intrusive thoughts, and mindfulness addresses our perspective towards those thoughts, ERP directly confronts the behaviors done in response to those thoughts. While mindfulness and cognitive therapy set the table, ERP is the main course. This is where the real work gets done.