Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a severe mental illness in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions). 

Obsessions are the thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again without the person’s control. They are accompanied by intense and uncomfortable feelings. 

Common obsessions in OCD include; contamination obsessions, sexual obsessions, violent obsessions, identity obsessions, responsibility, and perfectionism-related obsessions among many others.

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts a person uses to counteract, neutralize, or make their obsessions go away. Compulsive behaviors can include avoiding situations that trigger obsessions.

Common compulsions in OCD include; washing and cleaning, mental compulsions, and repetitive behaviors among others.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Exposure Therapy

This behavioral therapy is designed to help patients manage problematic fears by exposing patients to confront their fears and anxieties through systematic techniques to break the pattern of fear and avoidance. 

  1. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy

ERP is the process of gradually and repeatedly exposing patients to uncomfortable thoughts, images, situations, or feelings while keeping them from engaging in compulsive and avoidant behaviors they would turn to cope with. 

  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. 

  1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT helps individuals learn to accept obsessive thoughts as just thoughts by helping individuals live a meaningful life despite their OCD symptoms.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help patients reduce the irrational feelings assigned to an object or situation by safely exposing them to various aspects of fear or anxiety.   

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used when symptoms of OCD seem unbearable and control your mental and emotional well-being. 

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