Other examples of therapies used to treat OCD include:
Exposure and response prevention—involves gradually confronting the problem object or obsession without giving into the compulsive ritual linked to it
Aversion therapy—involves using a painful stimulus to prevent OCD behavior
Thought switching—involves learning to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts
Flooding—involves being exposed to an object that causes OCD behavior
Implosion therapy—involves being repeatedly exposed to an object that causes fear
Thought stopping—involves learning how to stop negative thoughts
Other therapy may be tried for OCD that does not respond to usual care.
and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
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not for everyone. Be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
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