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nOCD: Self Treatment for Those with OCD
Hi again everyone, I want to talk to you all about an app, nOCD. A couple months ago, the folks at nOCD reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in spreading awareness for their self-therapy app. While I myself do not have OCD, I am always here to support those spreading mental health awareness and accessibility to treatment. So, what is nOCD?
In short, and according to their page on the App Store:
nOCD is an app that helps patients diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder manage their condition (think “NO OCD”). nOCD was designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients to incorporate two clinically proven treatments: Mindfulness and Exposure Response Prevention Treatment.
The app was created by Stephen Smith, who has OCD himself.
nOCD allows users to engage in mindfulness and Exposure and Response Prevention right at their fingertips. Users can create plans that allow them to safely work on reducing the anxiety that is caused by obsessions. While this is not a substitute for treatment, it is an amazing supplement, and quite popular with current users.
Below, you can see an example of setting up a plan by including information about your obsessions, triggers, and exposures you can engage in to help reduce anxiety. I like that throughout the app, there are plenty of explanations for the user in the event that one is unclear about instructions. I also like that if your perceived anxiety to an exposure is too high (you rate this yourself), the app suggests that you try to work on something more moderate so that you are not placing yourself in an overly distressing situation. You can also track your progress over time, as the app collects data from your sessions.
From my short time with the app, I see that much care was put into the planning, and this is also evident in the fact that there is such a great clinical team behind it.
All in all, while I do not have OCD myself, I definitely see the benefit in this supplemental therapy. I struggle with severe anxiety that can be debilitating at times, so this type of self-exposure therapy is something I can still see myself benefiting from. My only concern would be consistency, but again, I think that if this is used as a supplement to talk therapy (or any other treatments that are accessible/work in combination).
If you are interested in checking the app out, you can HERE.