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Ocd: Therapy Long Lasting Change And Readiness For Change
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In everything, may it be quitting in vices like smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and or other addictive behaviors and routines, as well as, controlling a diet or starting a new life or adjusting into a new environment, there will always be challenges and difficulties that may be encountered by the individuals involved. To achieve positive and likely results, one will always meet problems along the way and he must be strong and equipped much to cope and manage the undertakings.

OCD patients may usually opt for cognitive behavior therapy. The therapy is the same as with the other existing therapies and treatments made available for patients. Like any other therapies and treatments, cognitive behavior therapy for OCD patients needs hard work, determination and discipline for one to acquire best results for the symptoms of the disorder. At the start of the therapy, it may seem so hard but as time passes by and the process of treating the obsessive and compulsive disorder is applied to the patient, relief from the symptoms will be experienced that will make the patient feel well.

When individuals diagnosed with the disorder are now ready to accept changes in their condition and understand their disorder, psychological therapy will work best for them. Patients must bear in mind that the changes happening in their treatment is always part of the therapy process.

The Five Stages of Change

To attain positive results in changes, OCD patients will have to undergo five stages. They do not just happen in just a day. They happen in a step by step process.

The first stage is the precontemplation. If the patient has no intentions of changing his behavior for the first six months, he is probably in this stage. This is because the patient feels that his symptoms are not that serious enough to be treated.

The next stage is the contemplation stage. In this stage, the patient is knowledgeable that he has a problem with his symptoms but is not open to take any actions that may treat his disorder. The third stage is the preparation. In this stage, the patient has already decided to take an action and has changed his behaviors and thoughts a bit. This changes and commitment include consulting a doctor or any health specialist.

The next stage is the action. In this stage, the patient involves himself in taking actions that may change his behavior. This is the time when patients take and begin treatments and therapies. The last stage is maintenance. This stage happens when one is already done with his therapy and is in the process monitoring and keeping up with his condition.


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