Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
Exposure Response Prevention, commonly referred to as ERP, is a therapy that encourages you to face your fears and let obsessive thoughts occur without ‘putting them right’ or ‘neutralizing’ them with compulsions.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is not a thought disorder; it’s a feeling disorder. People without OCD may get an intrusive thought but be able to look at that intrusive thought and think, “OK, that’s weird. But I’m going to move on from it.” Somebody with OCD will get the intrusive thought, but along with the thought comes the overwhelming emotion of anxiety. Because they feel that emotion, they give the thought attention. The emotion