Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is considered incurable by the medical community at large. At most, they say, it can only have its symptoms suppressed and controlled. Using the standard therapies and drug regimens given to those diagnosed with OCD, this assessment is correct.
However, new evidence is showing that it is possible to treat and even cure OCD with intensive, individualized psychotherapy. Medication for OCD can be used to keep symptoms from overwhelming the patient during therapy, but many leave medications behind entirely as treatment commences.
This new style of treating OCD has come about from a simple change in thought about how OCD happens.
Most medical professionals agree that obsessive compulsive personality disorder is not in itself a disease, but is instead a group of symptoms that come about because of a deeper, underlying problem. Usually trauma, often coupled with depression-related symptoms such as low serotonin levels.
Since OCD is an anxiety disorder (meaning it is made up of symptoms brought about by anxiety), finding the emotional/psychological issues causing the manifestations is the key. This paradigm change in thoughts about OCD has caused many therapists to move away from the traditional "treat the symptoms" way of dealing with the chronic problem and instead digging to find the core cause.
Trauma and Anger
Trauma that causes OCD can come from many types of sources and often involves more than one. Childhood trauma involving mental abuse is a very common cause. In all cases, the traumatic event(s) were out of the patient's control and caused deep feelings of anger, resentment, or similar emotional responses that were not dealt with at the time. Unexpressed anger often later manifests as anxiety.
Therapies involving physical or emotional anger outlets, such as punching bags, exercise, "anger release" sessions (also called "venting"), etc. have been utilized to help release the emotion and lower anxiety. Dealing with the core problem(s), once found, often finalizes the OCD and sees symptoms reduced and even disappearing.
Often, however, the patient can remain somewhat fragile and new trauma can bring back OCD quickly. For this reason, most patients stay in OCD therapy or continue using the techniques learned for the rest of their lives.