Specialized Anxiety Treatment
What is Hit and Run OCD?
Hit and Run OCD involves persistent fears of hitting, injuring, or killing a pedestrian while driving a car. A bump in the road or an unexpected noise may trigger uncertainty about whether an accident occurred and prompt you to seek reassurance that you were not responsible for an accident. This may involve going back to check the scene, looking up accident reports, or checking your vehicle for signs of damage.
Symptoms of Hit and Run OCD
Treatment of Hit and Run OCD
The goal of treatment for Hit and Run OCD is to teach you that you can manage the anxiety associated with obsessive thoughts without performing compulsions or rituals. Treatment will include education about Hit and Run OCD and how it is maintained, cognitive strategies that will help you respond differently to anxiety and intrusive thoughts, and behavioral strategies to help you delay and/or eliminate compulsive behaviors such as the need to check and obtain reassurance. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) will help you face your fears about being held responsible for an accident, in session and in the real world, and practice new ways of responding to anxiety. With practice and experience in facing your fears, you find yourself to be less disturbed by intrusive thoughts and more able to cope with anxiety and uncertainty.
People suffering from Hit and Run OCD are encouraged to seek treatment from a mental health treatment provider that specializes in the treatment of OCD. OCD specialists are equipped and prepared to treat a wide array of OCD subtypes, including Hit and Run OCD. Contact Lauren Pellizzi to start treatment.