Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, or gender. OCD is not about having exceptional organizational skills and having OCD is not a quirky character flaw. OCD is a serious highly distressing disorder that seriously and adversely affects the lives of those who have it and, oftentimes, the people who are close to the sufferer.
ERP for OCD
The gold standard of evidence-based treatment for OCD is a very specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). ERP involves patients actively choosing to experience triggers associated with discomfort and uncertainty in order to create a different relationship with these triggers and feelings. Patients come to better understand the function of their compulsive thoughts and behaviors and learn new, non-compulsive ways of responding to unwanted or intrusive thoughts.
Insurance & OCD
With a diagnosis of OCD, you are legally entitled to the in-network rate coverage from your insurance for a specialist in OCD. The laws that govern health insurance are written to make sure patients can access the care they need, relatively close to home, and have costs for these services covered by the insurance product for which the patient/consumer is paying. A person with OCD has a right to see an OCD specialist for psychotherapy in the same way a cancer patient has a right to see an oncologist. If there is no oncologist within a certain radius of a patient who is in-network, the insurance company is obligated to cover an out-of-network provider who is able to provide the necessary care. The same is true for OCD.
Finding an OCD Specialist
What DO you look for in an OCD specialist? Learn how to find a clinician that offers the appropriate care for OCD.
For Loved Ones of Individuals with OCD
For Kids/Parents, Teens/Adults, and Loved Ones of Individuals with OCD.
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