Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Medically reviewed by Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

OCD treatment

Treatment15 for obsessive-compulsive disorder may not necessarily result in a cure. Some people need to continue with treatment for their entire lives. However, successful treatment can help you manage your thoughts, impulses, and behaviors so they don’t severely impact your daily life.

Medications for OCD

The two most common treatments for OCD are psychotherapy (in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy) and medication. In many cases, patients see the most success when treatment uses a combination of these two approaches.

May be prescribed

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Psychotherapy for OCD

The form of therapy often used to treat OCD is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). One type of CBT, called exposure and response prevention (ERP), is particularly effective for people with OCD.

ERP involves gradually exposing someone with OCD to a feared object or obsession, like dirt or perceived germs, and learning techniques to cope with the resulting anxiety in a healthy way. While this type of therapy takes time and effort, it can help you manage and live more successfully with your obsessions and compulsions.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1–800–273–8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

You may also reach out to the Samaritans: Call or text (877) 870-HOPE (4673).

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