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Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) is one of the typical methods of therapeutically and systematically “habituating” patients who suffer from OCD, as traditional talk therapy has not been shown to be effective.  The ERP strategy requires the patient to tolerate small amounts of stressor, and to reduce the power of a recurrent and emotional compulsion through staged reduction; in essence, ERP retrains the client’s brain through desensitization that the neurochemical signals that presently translate to full panic instead mean there might be danger, and eventually that the trigger may have no significant meaning for the client at all.