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Although the symptoms of OCD can be debilitating, a variety of treatment options that are safe and effective. Find out more about the medications, psychotherapies, surgical procedures, and self-help techniques that have been proven to help reduce OCD symptoms.

Alternative and Experimental OCD Treatments
Although there are currently a number of effective medical and psychological OCD treatments, these treatments don't work for everyone. As such, there has been great interest in developing new OCD treatments or using new methods to improve the effectiveness of existing OCD treatments. Learn more about new OCD treatment

Is rTMS an Effective OCD Treatment?
Although there are currently a number of effective OCD treatments, these OCD treatments don't work for everyone. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, has received considerable attention as a possible alternative treatment to reduce OCD symptoms. Learn more about rTMS and OCD treatment.

D-cycloserine and Behavior Therapy
Exposure and response prevention therapy or ERP is highly effective in treating OCD symptoms. However, exposure and response prevention therapy do not always work for everyone. Given this, there has been a lot of interest in identifying ways that exposure and response prevention therapy can be made both more effective. A medication that has generated a lot of interest in this respect is the drug …

Will OCD Medication Work for Me?
Although treatment of OCD symptoms with OCD medication such as Prozac (Fluoxetine), Zoloft (Sertraline) and Paxil (Paroxetine) or the tricyclic antidepressant Anafranil (Clomipramine) can be effective, not everyone responds to OCD medication. Let’s explore the factors that predict whether you’ll respond to OCD medication.

Habit Reversal Training
Habit reversal training is a behavioral therapy that is effective in reducing tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome as well as troublesome behaviors associated with impulse control disorders such trichotilomania (hair-pulling) and pathological skin picking. Let’s explore the basics of habit reversal training.

Relaxation Techniques for OCD
Given that stress is a major trigger of OCD symptoms one of the best ways to cope with OCD symptoms is to learn and practice a number of relaxation techniques. Let’s explore a number of easy relaxation techniques as well as look at OCD symptoms and relaxation techniques.

OCD and Insight
A lack of OCD insight can present a major challenge OCD treatment. Let’s explore the impact of OCD insight into OCD symptoms and OCD treatment.

Exercise and OCD
Most of us are familiar with many physical benefits of aerobic exercise, including reduced cholesterol levels and lowered risk of heart disease and diabetes; however, there is growing evidence that exercise can also reduce symptoms of OCD. Learn more about the link between exercise and OCD.

Will CBT for OCD Work for Me?
Cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD is a highly effective treatment for OCD symptoms but does not work for everyone all of the time. Let’s explore the factors that predict whether you’ll respond to CBT for OCD.

Treatment OCD - Psychotherapy OCD
Although psychological treatments have come to the forefront in the treatment of OCD, they are not always effective. Let’s explore some reasons why this happens and what you can do about it.

Psychotherapy for OCD
Psychological therapies are effective treatments for reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms of OCD. Effective psychological treatments for OCD emphasize changes in behavior and/or thoughts. When appropriate, psychotherapy can be done alone or combined with medication. The two main types of psychological therapies for OCD are cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy.

Treatment and Confidentiality
If you have OCD, you know that sometimes obsessions and compulsions can be very embarrassing and upsetting, especially when concerning themes of sexuality and/or violence. It is important to keep in mind, however, that health care professionals are required by law to regard all information gathered and recorded in the course of an appointment as confidential – that is, private and not to be released without your permission – except under a few unique circumstances.

When Nothing Seems to Work
Although there are many effective medical and psychotherapeutic treatments available for OCD, not every treatment works for every individual. It often takes a little (or a lot) of experimentation to figure out what treatment or combination of treatments is going to work for you. That said, up to a third of people with OCD do not respond to standard treatment protocols and different strategies may then be necessary. Here are some options to consider when nothing seems to be working.

An Interview With A&E Obsessed’s Dr. Shana Doronn
A&E has launched a new reality show called Obsessed which examines the real-life struggles of people with anxiety disorders including OCD. This program follows people with as they undergo cognitive-behavior therapy or CBT to treat their OCD symptoms. I recently interviewed A&E Obsessed’s Dr. Shana Doronn about the psychological treatment of OCD and some tips for getting the most of out treatment.

Why Isn't Psychotherapy Working?
Although psychological treatments have come to the forefront in the treatment of OCD, they are not always effective. Let’s explore some reasons why this happens and what you can do about it.

Why Isn't My Medication Working?
Although there are many FDA approved medications available for the treatment of OCD, medications do not seem to work for one-third of people’s OCD symptoms. Let’s look at some reasons why this can happen and what to do about it.

How to Find an Intensive OCD Treatment Program
Although there are many effective medical and psychological treatments available for OCD, not all treatments work for everybody. Unfortunately, for some people nothing seems to be effective. To combat this, a number of intensive residential treatment programs have been developed. Find out what in intensive OCD treatment program is and where to...

Augmentation Therapy for OCD
Augmentation therapy is strategy that is being explored as a way to improve the odds of relieving OCD symptoms when treating OCD with medication. Augmentation therapy involves using combinations of drugs, rather than a single drug, for maximum effect. Augmentation strategies could be especially effective for people who do not respond to standard treatment.

Is St. John’s Wort an Effective Treatment for OCD?
Alternative medicines such as herbal remedies have been growing in popularity in both Europe and North America. Many people with anxiety disorders such as OCD have tried alternative therapies at one time or another. One of the most popular herbal remedies for anxiety and depression is St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Read more to find out of St. John's Wort works for OCD.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant OCD
Although a number of medications and psychological therapies are available for OCD, it has been estimated that between 25 and 40% of people will not respond to treatment. Studies have suggested that treatments targeting specific circuits in the brain could be helpful in reducing OCD symptoms among those people who do not respond to first-line therapies. Deep brain stimulation may offer such a treatment.

Getting the Most Out of Psychological Treatments for OCD
Whether it is quitting smoking, starting a new diet or beginning a new workout routine, almost everyone has struggled at some point with making positive changes in their behavior permanent. Engaging in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for OCD managing symptoms of OCD is no different. Psychological treatments for OCD appear to work best for those individuals who are ready for change and understand how change works

Psychological Therapy
Psychological therapies are recognized by both researchers and clinicians as effective treatments for reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms of OCD. Effective psychological treatments for OCD emphasize changes in behavior and/or thoughts (sometimes called cognitions). When appropriate, behavioral and cognitive treatments are combined alone or with medication to get the best result.

Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Find out more about the medications, psychotherapies, surgical procedures, and self-help techniques that have been proven to reduce the obsessions and compulsions that accompany OCD.

Choosing a Behavior Therapist
An in-depth article on choosing a behavior therapist for combating OCD symptoms from the OCD Foundation.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
A broad overview of the cognitive-behavior model of mental illness and its use in clinical settings.

Antidepressants
A summary of the many types of antidepressants available to treat OCD symptoms, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Alternative and Complementary Therapies
An introduction to the basics of alternative and complementary therapies.

CBT for OCD
Individual CBT for OCD is very effective but also very expensive. To cut down on costs, if you are accessing OCD treatment through a hospital or other health care settings you are now very likely to receive or have the option to receive group CBT for OCD symptoms. Although a group setting can initially be intimidating, there are lots of benefits to participating in group CBT for OCD.

Involving Family Members in Treatment
Although there are many effective psychological OCD treatments, these OCD treatments do not work for everyone. To make these OCD treatments more effective there is now an increased emphasis on integrating family members. Let’s explore integrating OCD treatment and family members.

Alternative Therapies for OCD - Have you Tried Alternative Th…
Although there are currently a number of effective medical and psychological OCD treatments, these treatments don't work for everyone. Because of this, there has been a lot of interest in developing alternative therapies for OCD or using new methods to improve the effectiveness of existing OCD treatments. Have you tried any alternative...

Hoarding Treatment
Compulsive hoarding is more than just having lots of things. It's a specific type of behavior that can have a severe impact on a person's life. Although hoarding treatment is often very difficult to undertake, new types of cognitive-behavior therapy offer hope. Learn more about hoarding treatment.

Motivational Interviewing Techniques for OCD
Only 50% of people with OCD are able to benefit from exposure therapy. Research has been ongoing to find ways to make exposure therapy more attractive for more people. Motivational interviewing techniques show considerable promise in this respect.

OCD Self Help
Although treatment for OCD usually entails consulting with a qualified mental health professional, there are a number of OCD self help strategies that you can start using right now to help cope with your OCD symptoms. Let's explore the basics of OCD self help.

OCD Help
There are a number of mental health professionals who can provide quality OCD help. The type of OCD help provided often varies by professional. If you are receiving treatment for OCD within a hospital setting or an intensive OCD treatment program, you are likely to encounter almost all of the professionals listed below. Learn more about...

What are the FDA Approved OCD Medications?
There are a number of medications which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of OCD. Most of these drugs belong to a class of antidepressant called the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors; however, one of these drugs, Anafranil, belongs to a class of drugs called the tricyclic antidepressants. FDA...

Exposure Therapy For OCD
While behavior therapies can be very effective, only two-thirds of patients complete treatment. Often, this occurs because patients are unwilling to experience the intense distress that can accompany an exposure exercise. In addition – and perhaps most importantly - many patients do not fully understand the rationale behind exposure-based...

Am I Ready for Behavioral Therapy for OCD?
Behavioral Therapy for OCD – Am I Ready for Behavioral Therapy for OCD

When Should my Family be Integrated Into my OCD Treatment?
When a family member has OCD, it often has a significant negative impact on family functioning by disrupting relationships, reducing time for leisure activities and causing financial strain. Not surprisingly, this level of dysfunction causes a great deal of distress, both for the family member with OCD as well as the family itself. When should...

When Should my Family be Integrated Into my OCD Treatment?
When a family member has OCD, it often has a significant negative impact on family functioning by disrupting relationships, reducing time for leisure activities and causing financial strain. Not surprisingly, this level of dysfunction causes a great deal of distress, both for the family member with OCD as well as the family itself. When should...

Excessive Reassurance Seeking
One of the things that the family and friends of people affected by OCD find to the be most stressful is dealing with the excessive reassurance seeking that can often accompanies OCD. Learn what excessive reassurance seeking is, why it perpetuates symptoms of OCD and what to do about it.

OCD Treatments
Although OCD is a serious mental illness associated with high levels of disability there are a number OCD treatments that will significantly reduce OCD symptoms in two-thirds of affected people. For the remaining one-third of people not helped by standard OCD treatments, a number of alternative and experimental OCD treatments offer new hope....

Children With OCD
Although many people think of OCD as a disorder that affects only adults, there are many children with OCD. While there are many similarities between adults and children with OCD, there are also many important differences.

Getting Ready for OCD Treatment
Whether it is quitting smoking, starting a new diet or beginning a new workout routine, almost everyone has struggled at some point with making positive changes in their health behaviors. Engaging in OCD treatment is no different. It requires hard work and dedication to stick with an OCD treatment plan that initially causes distress or...

Treatment for OCD - Adding Family to Treatment for OCD
Many patients would like to involve their family in treatment but are unsure when this is appropriate or even how to go about doing this. Have you asked family members to participate in your OCD treatment? If so, did you find it helpful?

Exposure Therapy - Your Experience with Exposure Therapy
While exposure therapy can be very effective, only two-thirds of patients complete treatment. Often, this occurs because patients are unwilling to experience the intense distress that can accompany an exposure exercise. What coping strategies did you use to stick with treatment when the going got tough?

What is a Typical OCD Therapy Session Like?
Many people with OCD would like to undertake cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions for OCD but are unsure what a therapy session would be like. This uncertainty can lead to avoidance of therapy sessions, which only makes the problem worse. Learn more about what a typical CBT therapy session for OCD looks like.

How do I Cope When a Family Member Refuses OCD Treatment?
One of the most frustrating things for family members of people with OCD is when the affected family member refuses to see a doctor or other mental health professional for assessment or treatment. What can you do to cope when your family member refuses treatment?

Exposure Therapy for OCD
Although exposure therapy works for reducing symptoms of OCD, many people decline exposure therapy out of fear and misunderstanding. However, if you break down OCD exposure therapy step-by-step, you will discover that it is simply a tool for unlearning unhealthy associations.

What Is an Exposure Hierarchy?
Exposure hierarchy is used in treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder.

How long does it take OCD therapy to work?
People undergoing OCD therapy may wonder how long it takes before it "works." There are many variables that can affect this outcome.

Does OCD Require Hospitalization for Effective Treatment?
Do I need hospitalization to be successfully treated for OCD?

Does psychotherapy for OCD have side effects?
While psychotherapy is very effective for reducing OCD symptoms, many people feel as though they experience side effects from treatment. Is this true?

Psychotherapy for Children with OCD
Although we often think of OCD as a disorder that affects mainly adults, clinical research suggests that between 1 and 2% of children develop OCD. While many of the psychological treatments that work for adults are also effective for children, there are subtle but important differences in the way they are implemented.

OCD Self Help: Mindfulness
Using Mindfulness to manage OCD thoughts can be a useful self help technique. Read more the skills of labeling and releasing thoughts and living in the present.

Help for Coexisting OCD and Depression
COD and Depression often occur together. Treatment for these two conditions can be complicated by severity of depression and related trauma. Therapy is based on specific needs.

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