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What is the treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder?
Always talk to your doctor about any treatment decisions for OCD. You and your health-care professional together will develop a treatment program individually tailored to your needs. The treatment program should be based on your overall medical and emotional condition, as well as your current symptoms, and should be modified over time as your symptoms change. This requires regular follow-up visits to your health-care professional to monitor changes in your condition. Currently, most practitioners use a combination of the therapies discussed below.
Psychological Treatments for OCD
Psychological treatments for OCD include cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps the person counteract negative thoughts that lead to compulsions, as well as exposure and response-prevention therapies. Behavior modification therapy focuses on helping the OCD sufferer avoid and eventually extinguish the urges to engage in compulsive behaviors, while remaining free of anxiety. Examples of behavior therapies include response prevention, which involves delaying and eventually avoiding engaging in compulsions, and exposure, which allows the person with OCD to practice response prevention by repeatedly putting the person in a situation that may lend itself to engaging in compulsions. Children and adolescents tend to respond very well to exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy, whether it is provided on an individual basis with the family involved in treatment or care that is provided through group therapy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/23/2016
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