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ERP Therapy: Simultaneous Treatment for Eating Disorders, OCD

Roughly 11 percent to 13 percent of people who receive a diagnosis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder. According to the results of a study published in 2013 in the journal Cognitive Behavior Therapy, people simultaneously affected by an eating disorder and OCD receive significant benefit from treatment with a form of psychotherapy called exposure and response prevention or ERP. ERP belongs to a larger group of psychotherapeutic techniques collectively labeled as cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Punishment Increases Impulsivity in OCD, Study Finds

When met with punishment or negative feedback for our actions, some of us may change the way we behave. Others may resent the feedback and still others may express increased impulsive actions. For those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the latter is most likely.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a Risk for Developing Eating Disorders

Those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa often share some traits with individuals who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. Eating disorders are characterized by compulsive behaviors that surround not only eating rituals and habits developed to rid the body of calories, but also the concealing of the eating disorder. People with eating disorders often establish a complicated schedule of behaviors that help them absorb few calories and avoid questions about their habits.

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Posted in Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Common in OCD Patients

The behaviors that are characteristic of eating disorders involve a lot of planning and careful control and discipline of eating and exercise habits. Those who are diagnosed with anorexia, for example, exhibit a high level of control over their caloric intake and are very rigid in their exercise routines.

Bulimia nervosa also requires a high level of attention to routines associated with eating. Individuals who suffer from this disorder are often very specific about the timing of purging behaviors or the type of purging method they prefer to use.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Dual Diagnosis

Many individuals who have obsessive compulsive traits and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are also dually diagnosed. Most frequently, the co-occurring disorder found alongside Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an Eating Disorder

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