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:
- 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). 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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