Treatment of OCD
From Owen Kelly, Ph.D., former About.com Guide
How is OCD Treated?
Although the symptoms of OCD can be debilitating, a variety of treatments are safe and effective. 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.
- Treatment of OCD
- Augmentation Therapy
- Where Do I Get Help for OCD?
- Finding Treatment
- Why Isn’t My Medication Working?
- How to Find an Intensive OCD Treatment Program
- Treatment and Confidentiality
- OCD Treatment and Insight
- Will OCD Medication Work for Me?
Psychological Therapy for OCD
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.
- Psychological Therapy
- Getting the Most Out of Psychological Treatments for OCD
- Thought Suppression
- What to Look for in a Therapist
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- An Interview With Obsessed’s Dr. Shana Doronn
- Why Isn’t Psychotherapy Working?
- Thought-Action Fusion and OCD
- Habit Reversal Training
- OCD and Personality
- Tools for Coping With Worry
- Will CBT for OCD Work for Me?
Developments in Treatment
Although a number of medications and psychological therapies are available for OCD, 25% to 40% of people will not respond to treatment. Learn more about the latest developments in the treatment of OCD.
- Deep-Brain Stimulation For Treatment Resistant OCD
- Is St. John’s Wort an Effective Treatment for OCD?
- Clinical Trials for OCD
- Discussing OCD