The number of years from the onset of symptoms, to getting an appropriate diagnosis and effective treatment for OCD, according to IOCDF.org.
If you believe you have OCD or have been diagnosed, it is critical that you see a therapist who has experience and training in OCD treatment.
Exposure and Response prevention is the evidence-based treatment for OCD. Before starting with a therapist, ensure that they offer this type of treatment.
Many therapists offer CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). ERP is a sub-therapy under the CBT umbrella. Just because a therapist uses CBT does not necessarily mean that they offer ERP.
Be sure to ask!
FiND a Specialist
You want to ensure that your therapist has training in ERP and has experience treating OCD. Otherwise, you may risk spending months (or even years) in therapy with no real results.
Although many specialists have a wait list, getting effective treatment is worth the wait.
TreatMents to Avoid
These approaches may help other concerns, but they should not be used to treat OCD. In fact, they have the potential to make OCD symptoms worse.