OCD and Hope
OCD can be devastating, but there is treatment that works. When reading comments from other readers that may sound hopeless, please search through the thread – it is likely that earlier on I did discuss some of what can be done for that manifestation of OCD. I’ve been working with OCD since 1978 (I know, I’m ancient) and I haven’t seen a manifestation/presentation that can’t be treated successfully. At the same time, I have seen many people suffer needlessly from bad treatment. If you’re seeing a therapist and that therapist doesn’t mention exposure and response prevention as a part of treatment, you are probably in the wrong office. The updated edition of my book (Freedom From OCD) covers many different OCD presentations. If yours isn’t in it, it doesn’t mean you are untreatable, so there is no reason to give up hope. A good place to find a therapist is the Find-A-Therapist section of the International OCD Foundation‘s website and you should look for someone who is BTTI faculty or a BTTI graduate. Take care all and don’t lose hope.