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Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD can interfere with a person's day to day life. It can affect relationships, work or school effort, and general wellness. The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms and decrease the effect OCD has on a person's life.

Treatment often includes both counseling and medicine. Mental health professionals can treat OCD. They may include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Licensed mental health counselors
  • Some family doctors with special training

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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  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd. Accessed January 13, 2020.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml.


  • Adrian Preda, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.