Exposure and response prevention

Exposure and response prevention (ERP or EX/RP) is a method of cognitive behavioral therapy and form of exposure therapy in which individuals confront their fears and discontinue their escape response.[1] The American Psychiatric Association recommends ERP as for the treatment of OCD citing that ERP has the richest empirical support.[2]


  1. Abramowitz, Jonathan S.; Deacon, Brett J.; Whiteside, Stephen P. H. (2011-03-14). Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice. Guilford Press. ISBN 9781609180171.
  2. Koran, LM; Hanna, GL; Hollander, E; Nestadt, G; Simpson, HB; American Psychiatric, Association. (July 2007). "Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder." (PDF). The American journal of psychiatry. 164 (7 Suppl): 5–53. PMID 17849776.

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