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From our friends: OCD Tips with Dr. Allen Weg

There’s a great resource on YouTube with brief and easily digestible OCD Tips by the Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey and Dr. Allen Weg:

“Welcome to OCD Tips.  As you will hear in the Introductory video of this video clip series, we decided to embark on this project for some very specific reasons. Most informed lay people and many appropriately trained therapists are aware that the treatment of choice for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, (ERP, or sometimes referred to as ExRP).

The basic premise of this treatment is that the OCD afflicted person should spend time, on a regular basis, confronting his or her anxieties by engaging in the very thoughts and/or behaviors that are experienced as frightening or uncomfortable. This results in building resilience, and often a reduction in the uncomfortable feelings, with the ultimate consequence of a reduction, or even elimination, of the OCD symptoms.

Even on those occasions where the anxiety is not significantly diminished,  ERP often results in the loss of power of the OCD over one’s behaviors.  But ERP is more than just facing fears, There are very many subtle concepts that should be woven into a good ERP program, and very often clinical texts, workbooks, and even trained therapists don’t do a great job of incorporating them into treatment.  This set of videos, which we have entitled, “OCD Tips,” is a collection of nearly 30 two-three minute video clips, each focusing on one of these concepts, and illustrating how they should be applied in an ERP program.

These clips are being introduced, one at a time, usually released on Tuesdays, and will continue until all have been added to the series.  While there are a few exceptions, most of these clips can be seen in any order, so feel free to skip around, and watch those clips that present as more relative to your struggles.  Please keep in mind that these video clips are designed to function as an informational resource that is used in tandem with professional treatment. They do NOT replace being in therapy with a well trained and experienced therapist. Integrating any of the ideas or methodologies presented here should in fact be discussed with the professional working with you on your OCD.

We sincerely hope that you find these video clips helpful, and that you are able to use them successfully to do what we know is very possible- managing your OCD.”

Find more OCD tips here.