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Possible Ways To Treat A Person Living With OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsession) that makes them feel driven to do something repetitively(compulsions).

Genetics, Brain abnormalities the environment are thought to play a role in the causes of OCD as it has been known that it does not have a specific cause. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment may not result in a cure, but it can help bring symptoms under control so that they don't rule your daily life. However obsessive-compulsive traits never truly go away, instead, they require ongoing management.

The two main treatments for OCD are psychotherapy and medications.

Often, treatment is most effective with a combination of these.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of psychotherapy, is effective for many people with OCD. Exposure and response prevention (ERP), a component of CBT therapy, involves gradually exposing you to a feared object or obsession, such as dirt, and having you learn ways to resist the urge to do your compulsive rituals. ERP takes effort and practice, but you may enjoy a better quality of life once you learn to manage your obsessions and compulsions.


Certain psychiatric medications can help control the obsessions and compulsions of OCD. Most commonly, antidepressants are tried first.

Choosing a medication. In general, the goal is to effectively control symptoms at the lowest possible dosage. It's not unusual to try several drugs before finding one that works well. Your doctor might recommend more than one medication to effectively manage your symptoms. It can take weeks to months after starting a medication to notice an improvement in symptoms. 

Sometimes, psychotherapy and medications aren't effective enough to control OCD symptoms. In treatment-resistant cases, other options may be offered:

Intensive outpatient and residential treatment programs. 

Deep brain stimulation (DBS). 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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