What is the role of meditation and relaxation in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Meditation and relaxation techniques may be useful, but not during active ERP, as the effectiveness of these exercises requires that the patient experience a significant level of discomfort and then not respond with his or her characteristic rituals. A patient may benefit from a self-help book in conducting ERP (eg, Foa and Reid, 2001 [31] ), and workbooks are available for CBT as well. When recommending such a book, the treating physician should be familiar with its content.

A related approach, described by Dr. Jonathan Grayson, focuses on getting the patient to accept living with uncertainty as it relates to his or her obsessional ideas, and to prepare an individualized script to reinforce this attitude. [35]


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