People affected by OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) often understand that their beliefs are irrational, yet they can’t manage their obsessions and compulsions. If you're finding that OCD is taking control of your life, clinical psychologist Ilisa Kaufman, PsyD, of Compulsion Control in Miami, Florida, can help using her RIP-R program. Dr. Kaufman's unique approach uses proven techniques to give you back your life and free you from OCD. Find out more or schedule a consultation by calling Compulsion Control, or you can book an appointment online today.
If you have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), it means your mind fills with persistent and often distressing thoughts, ideas, or feelings. These obsessions can drive you to perform actions or rituals repeatedly, which become compulsions.
Compulsions often arise as a way for you to manage unwanted obsessive thoughts. For example, you might have to undergo a specific routine when leaving your house or office because your obsessions tell you something terrible will happen if you don't.
However, it's possible to have either obsessions or compulsions separately as well as combined OCD.
Many people behave obsessively or compulsively without disrupting their day-to-day life, but if you find that your thoughts or actions are taking over and affecting your ability to function normally, it's important to get professional help.
Severe OCD can have a devastating effect on your life, but with the right support, you can overcome it.
You could develop an obsession with virtually anything, from neatness and cleanliness to sex, violence, or religion. One of the more common types of OCD involves an obsession with germs, which causes you to clean compulsively. You might wash your hands so often that your skin starts to bleed.
If you have OCD, your battle against intrusive thoughts and feeling compelled to carry out your rituals can be both exhausting and time-consuming. The condition occupies so much of your mind that you neglect other parts of your life.
One popular approach to treating OCD is exposure response prevention (ERP). This therapy involves facing your fears and allowing your obsessive thoughts to happen, and not correcting them by using compulsive behaviors.
ERP helps to reduce your anxiety by exposing you to stressful situations that would typically trigger your OCD. As you work through each experience, you become more resilient.
Another approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), goes a step further. With CBT, your therapist challenges the beliefs you hold about what will happen if you don't complete your rituals.
During her own treatment for OCD, Dr. Kaufman realized that ERP, although effective for many people, isn't always successful because it lacks any assessment motivation.
With Dr. Kaufman's RIP-R program, motivation is an essential tool in overcoming OCD. Without motivation, a desensitization process like ERP could lead to an increase in compulsive behavior that worsens your OCD.
RIP-R uses a fluid technique that takes you through several stages, from your personal rock-bottom to the freedom of the replacement stage, when you can channel the energy you’ve previously devoted to OCD into more worthwhile activities.
To find out more about RIP-R and how Dr. Kaufman can help you overcome OCD, call Compulsion Control today or book an appointment online.