Dr. Fabiana Franco wrote an article about the condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the most recommended treatments.
Some researchers understand OCD as an inability to tolerate anxiety. For example, many people experience the compulsion for excessive hand washing as a symptom of OCD. After touching a doorknob, you may feel the urge to wash your hands; just in case the doorknob is dirty. Thoughts of germs on the doorknob lead to anxiety about disease.
One of the most effective forms of treatment for these cycles of intense anxiety is exposure therapy when you are
facing your fears and learn to tolerate anxiety. Under the guidance and support of a therapist, it is possible to change your responses to anxiety provoking situations and over time, experience a reduction in OCD symptoms.
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