“Facing your Fears: the Basics of ERP,” was the theme of the OCD TEXAS quarterly meeting and conference in Houston on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The conference introduced OCD sufferers, their families, students and professionals to the treatment method deemed most effective for obsessive compulsive disorder. Exposure Response and Prevention therapy challenges patients to face their fears, ultimately to lower their anxiety and learn to weaken the demands of obsessive compulsive disorder.
ERP is an effective therapy for OCD. It is also challenging for the therapist to administer and takes hard work and dedication from the patient. Conference speakers and panelists with OCD shared their experiences with ERP. Professional treatment providers spoke on ERP therapy as the evidence-based “treatment of choice” for OCD. A web-assisted ERP program and an iPhone app for ERP were introduced.
Medication treatment was also discussed, as an adjunct to ERP. Participants also spoke of the importance of support from family, friends and other OCD sufferers as essential on the path to recovery from the debilitating symptoms of OCD.