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What is the best treatment for severe OCD?


If you or a loved on have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) research has unequivocally shown that the best treatment the field of psychology has to offer is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). When you find an ERP therapist, you will often find that these therapists will schedule once- or twice-weekly sessions. While this is a fantastic course of action for many people, weekly therapy may not be the most effective option for more severe cases?


What makes an OCD case severe and how does ERP work for these people? Severe OCD can cripple someone's life and finding treatment is an important and meaningful step for them to take. Severe cases can be defined by the following criteria:

- More than 3 hours a day spent on obsessions

- More than 3 hours a day spent on compulsions

- Incapacitating interference in school and/or work

- An inability to resist compulsive behavior


If you or your loved one may have severe OCD there are some options for treatment. In the United States there are a few residential treatment programs that offer 24/7 care for severe cases. There are also day programs (often referred to as Intensive Outpatient Programs) that offer have 3-8 hours a day 3-5 days a week for severe cases that do not warrant a residential stay. There is also growing evidence that short-term full-day treatment sessions can also help reduce OCD symptoms. Dr. Chad Brandt is one of a few therapists that offers full-day personalized treatment programs for OCD as well. If you would like more information or to see if a short-term personalized program is right for you or your family member you can reach out to Dr. Brandt for more information about treatment options offered by him and across the US.

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