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How to Treat OCD

How to Treat OCD

OCD is an anxiety disorder where people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel compelled to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with daily activities and social interactions.

Some 1.2 percent of Americans have OCD. Among adults, slightly more women than men are affected. OCD often begins in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood; the average age symptoms appear is 19 years old.

You’re reading this article asking: How is OCD treated?

While there is no known cure for OCD there are methods of treatment that provide relief from the symptoms. With treatment, many OCD sufferers can lead normal lives.

Treatment typically consist of medication, psychotherapy or both.

Medically Assisted OCD Therapy

OCD responds well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Medications, properly administered and monitored by a doctor or mental health professional, can alleviate symptoms, allowing other forms of therapy—like CBT—to be more effective.

The most effective medications prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are antidepressants. These medications include:

  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Citalopram (Celexa)

OCD patients can experience some relief through CBT, particularly a form called exposure and response prevention. In this form of therapy, OCD sufferers are gradually exposed to the feared obsession. This helps the client develop new thought patterns and behaviors around their obsession. Although this form of therapy takes a lot of effort and practice, the result can be a much better quality of life.

Residential and Inpatient OCD Treatment

The benefits of residential OCD treatments are not limited to intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment. The residential centers provide treatment programs far more focused on and tailored to each client’s individual needs.

Outpatient OCD Treatment

Many OCD treatment programs offer intensive outpatient treatment conducted by dedicated staff members. They assist individuals with OCD as well as their families.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

A common mistake made by people living with OCD is taking doses of antidepressants during times of stress. Antidepressants need to be taken in consistent and prescribed doses every day and are not to be taken like an anxiety medication. Again, a key is using medication as directed, which has been properly prescribed and monitored by a mental health professional, as part of an overall treatment regimen.

With the right help and resources, you can enjoy a life free of these obsessive fears and compulsive responses.

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