When doctors treat infections, have you ever considered why in most cases they prescribe a course of antibiotics that could last more than a week? And you have to take them more than 2 or 3 times a day?
The simple answer is that in order for the drugs to be effective, they have to reach an x dose for an x period of time. So just taking the medication once, will not do any good. Starting one day and forgetting about the rest will do no good either. The reason for this is that once you take the drug, your body will do its best to get rid of it (in most cases through the urine, sometimes through your breath if it is alcohol!).
So again, for a drug to be effective it needs to be taken at regular intervals for a certain period of time. How does this apply to rOCD?
There is no emergency medication. If you are not taking your daily dose of anti-rOCD “medication”, do not expect for things to be any different. Sure, in some cases rOCD will fly under the radar because your mind is busy with something else or because of any other reason. But when stress knocks at the door and things do not go as planned then rOCD will come out to haunt you. Until treating rOCD becomes a daily priority in your life, do not expect much improvement. The good news is that 15-20 minutes a day will do wonders. The bad news is that it will take some time and effort to get there. The choice is yours.