Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious mental illness in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions). 

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors and rituals one engages in to decrease the fear and anxiety of the obsessions.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for OCD.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy

ERP is a behavioral therapy that gradually exposes people to situations designed to provoke a person’s obsessions, and the resulting distress will help them prevent their compulsive responses in a safe environment. 

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals improve distorted thoughts and behavioral patterns associated with mental health conditions such as OCD. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you understand how ERP can free you from the cycle of obsessions and compulsions and help you live a healthier life.  

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used when symptoms of OCD seem unbearable and take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. 

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