Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD can get in the way of your day to day life. It can affect your relationship with others, work or school effort, and general wellness. Treatment can ease the symptoms and decrease the effect OCD has on your life. Counseling and medicine are often used together as part of a treatment plan. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and some family doctors with special training can treat OCD. Ask your primary doctor if they have special training. If not, ask for the name of a doctor or counselor who does.

Treatment involves the following:

OCD can be severe in some. Some may also not respond to medicine or therapy. Surgery or deep brain stimulation may be offered for them.



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Last reviewed May 2020 by Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 7/29/2020

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