Exposure and Response Prevention for Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Exposure and response prevention (E/RP) is a behavioral therapy that helps those with OCD by gradually and systematically confronting feared situations and decreasing the anxiety response.
E/RP conducted with a trained therapist has been shown to be one of the most successful approaches for tackling OCD fears, and regaining functioning. It may be used effectively as a stand-alone treatment, or in combination with medication.
At the Pediatric OCD Program, we gear E/RP therapy toward each child's specific symptoms.
Elements of Exposure and Response Prevention
During E/RP therapy, your child:
- Identifies fears and rank them from mildest to most severe.
- Gradually confronts the situation, object, or person that triggers obsessive thoughts = exposure.
- Is encouraged to refrain from, or delay, the compulsion/ritual = response prevention.
- Repeats the exposure, decreasing his or her anxiety over time = habituation.
- Gradually works toward his or her most severe fears.
Make an Appointment with the Pediatric OCD Program
Call 412-235-5354 to schedule an evaluation or to discuss pediatric OCD treatment options at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.