CBT is very effective in helping the person with OCD challenge the negative meanings that they have attached to their thoughts which fuel their anxiety and keep the OCD cycle going, while helping the person find alternative meanings to attach to these obsessive thoughts.
CBT helps the person with OCD understand that their thoughts influence their emotions and their actions. By first making the person aware of the current thoughts that they are thinking, a CBT therapist will help the person to challenge and response the destructive thoughts with alternative, more positive thoughts, and change the way the person behaves in response to their triggers.
The number of sessions depends on the severity of the person’s OCD symptoms and their response to CBT sessions.
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