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Abstract

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD, affects millions of people across the globe every year; and the obsessions/compulsions associated with this disorder can have a negative impact on one’s day to day living (Clark, 2000). Seeing that many people suffer from this disorder, researchers have attempted to determine which treatment methods (e.g., behavioral or pharmacological) are more effective at treating the symptoms/behaviors associated with it. One cognitive-behavioral technique that has shown a lot of promise is exposure and response (or ritual) prevention (ERP) (Allen, 2006). Although ERP may not be 100% effective at treating the symptoms of OCD, the research has consistently shown that it remains one of the most effective treatments out there for those suffering from OCD (Abramowitz, 1997; Abramowitz, Foa, & Franklin, 2003; Allen, 2006). Although the research regarding OCD and the different treatment methods available could never be completely delineated here, this paper will attempt to describe the course of OCD, how it impacts one’s life, and which treatment method has been found to be more effective at treating it.

Faculty Mentor

Michael D. Reiter, Ph.D

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