Questions & Answers About OCD In Children and Adolescents (page 3)

By — Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
Updated on Feb 18, 2011

What else is effective in treating OCD?

Cognitive-behavior therapy should always be considered as a treatment for OCD, alone or in addition to medication. This is a safe and effective treatment for OCD in children and adults. Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive-behavior therapy designed to decrease anxiety by exposing individuals to the stimuli that cause their distress, then having them resist urges to engage in their usual behaviors ( rituals or compulsions).While the patient remains exposed to the feared stimulus, anxiety dissipates over time as the stimulus loses its anxiety-provoking nature. Supportive dynamic psychotherapy is effective for OCD, but it is important to find a therapist with specific behavioral training in ERP.

What is the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation?

The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF) is a not-for-profit mental health organization. Its mission is to increase research into, treatment for and understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The OCF’S resources and activities include:

  • Publish a bimonthly OCD Newsletter
  • Website:
  • Organized Chaos, a webzine for teens and young adults
  • Compulsive Hoarding section on the main website
  • Annual three-day conference
  • Promotion of support groups and OCF affiliates
  • Behavior Therapy Institutes for training mental health professionals to treat OCD
  • OCF Research Awards
  • The OCF Genetics Collaborative
  • Distribution of articles, pamphlets, books and tapes about OCD and related disorders

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this publication is not intended to provide medical advice. This information is intended only to keep you informed. It is strongly advised that you check any medications or treatments with a qualified mental health provider.

This booklet was written for the OCF by S. Evelyn Stewart, M.D

What can I do to help!

Join the OC Foundation and become a partner in our efforts to eradicate OCD. The search for a cure will take a long time and be very expensive. The Foundation needs your help to continue its vital education and service programs and to sup- port research in this field.

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