CBT Worksheet for OCD

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What is the theory behind this CBT Worksheet for OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterised by persistent and unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) which cause significant distress that are followed by neutralising rituals (compulsions) that are meant to reduce that distress. This vicious cycle causes significant impairment for the suffering  individual. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims to help such individuals identify the underlying causes of their intrusive thoughts and also reduce their compulsions through gradual exposure and forced delay. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help clients understand the vicious cycle of their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and fill in information relevant to their condition. It will help them gain  a better understanding of their condition and what keeps it going. It will also help the therapist identify the client’s safety behaviours that are maintaining their condition and must be addressed in therapy. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet is to be used after the concept of OCD vicious cycle has been discussed with the client. Instruct them to fill out the vicious circle model with information relevant to their condition. Tell them to write what triggers their anxiety, the resulting thoughts, the physical and emotional symptoms that follow and then finally the compulsions they perform to reduce their anxiety.  

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